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Welcome to Hester Memorial Library


Finding Books

How do I find out what books are in the library?  To find a book, eBook, DVD or other library material, search the NGU Library Catalog.

Keep searches SIMPLE – use one to three important words, NOT a sentence
Decide whether you are searching for:
  • Random words = Keyword search
  • A topic = Subject Search
  • An Author = Author Search (lastname, firstname)
  • Words in the title = Title Search

For each item included in the Search Results, the catalog displays the availability, the call number and the physical location within the library.


How do I figure out where a book or DVD is on the shelf?  A call number is used to identify the exact location of an item on the shelf.  

  • Items with a call number beginning with A-Z or REF are located on the second floor. Books that begin with REF and then the letter B are located in the Christian Studies room on the second floor.
  • DVDs, books with call numbers starting with "Prayer", "Roark", or "McCormick", CDs, and reserves are located downstairs.


Finding Articles

How and where do I find scholarly articles?  The best way to find appropriate articles for your assignments is by searching the library's online databases.  The databases include articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. You can limit your search to full-text and/or scholarly journals within each database.

Select the ARTICLES tab on the homepage then click on the Databases A-Z link to be taken to the databases guide.  You can then search multiple EBSCO or GALE databases by using the search boxes on the main tab, or you can select a single database by clicking on the specific name of the database you want to search.  

Instructions for off-campus access are included within the Databases A-Z guide.


Purchase Requests

Want to recommend a resource for the library collection? 

To recommend titles for purchase please send an email to Joanna Beasley.

PASCAL Delivers

Search the collections of college and university libraries across the state! SMC students, faculty, and staff may request books from other SC college and university libraries and have them delivered within a few business days.  You will need to enter your library ID/barcode number (for students this is your student ID, for faculty/staff this is your phone number) to request books.  If you do not know your library barcode number, please contact the library.

Interlibrary Loan

Need something that is not available in our library or in PASCAL?  Try interlibrary Loan (ILL) by filling out the Interlibrary Loan Form.





  • Must have a valid NGU I.D. or photo I.D. to borrow materials.
  • Books - 2 week loan period (up to 10 at a time)
  • DVDs - 2 week loan period
  • Checked out materials may be renewed twice.
  • Faculty Reserves - In-library use only for 2 hours unless a faculty member gives permission stating otherwise.
  • Textbook Reserves- In-library use only for 2 hours 
  • Calculators, electronics chords, and headphones - 2 hour loan period

Faculty and Staff

  • Books - Month loan period, but can be renewed unlimited amount of times throughout the semester (no limit)
  • DVDs - Month loan period (no limit)

AlumniSee library staff

Community Patrons: See library staff  



  • Student printing - Prints are $.05 per page. You receive $1.50 on your printing account your first semester. After that, you will need to add money to your printing account with a credit or debit card by going to You can also use cash to add money to your account by going to the business office. Printing in the library is only available in black and white. Color prints are available through the Print Hub.
  • Student copying - $.10/page for B/W. Color copies are only available through the Print Hub.
  • Public copying $.10/page for B/W
  • Lost/ damaged books - See library staff

Renew your books. You will need your name and library barcode number (same as Faculty/Staff ID #). Type in a "bg" before your ID number. 



1. How do I request reserves?

To request a resource be put on reserve, come by the circulation desk to fill out a reserve form.

2. What can be placed on reserve?

  • books from the general collection
  • videos from the general collection
  • textbooks 
  • faculty member’s personal copies of materials
  • photocopies (1 copy per source in accordance with *Copyright Law)

Reserve materials will only be on reserve for one semester (or less if desired by the faculty member).  A new request will need to be sent every semester for continuing use.  This is to ensure that Library materials are not perpetually unavailable for outside circulation.

3. What are the reserves circulation policies?

  • Reserve materials, including videos, must be used in-house unless otherwise specified by a faculty member.
  • Reserve materials must be returned within 2 hours unless otherwise specified by a faculty member. 
  • Students must have their student ID to borrow reserve materials. 

4. Can reserve materials be copied or scanned?

Students may copy reserve materials (in accordance with *Copyright Law) at a cost of 10 cents per page. 

*Under Title 17 of the United States Code, it is illegal to reproduce, distribute, or publicly display any copyrighted work (or any substantial portion thereof) without the permission of the copyright owner. Exceptions can be made under fair use guidelines, but the patron, not the Library, is responsible for any violations. 


Library Instruction

For any questions regarding library orientation or instruction for your class, please contact Emma Tillman Walker

The following instruction services are available: 

Face to Face:

Faculty can request an instruction session in the library or their classroom.  

  • Sessions should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance to permit the librarian to make adequate preparation for instruction such as creating handouts and/or a web-based LibGuide for class use.  

  • Schedule the session close to the time when students will actually need to be using the library. Make it relevant!
  • Provide a copy of the assignment and learning outcomes.
  • Accompany your class to the library session and add your comments and questions.

LibGuides A librarian can create a class or subject-specific LibGuide (library research guide) intended to help students discover a variety of sources relevant to their subject area. Example: ENG102.  Please contact Emma Tillman Walker to discuss options.
Course Embedded Librarian:

Faculty can add a librarian as an assistant to their online course. The librarian can add links to library resources, answer questions pertaining to library research, and more. Please contact Emma Tillman Walker to discuss options.



The library provides an institutional subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can access it through our database page or come by the library to use a physical copy.


Off-Campus Access

1. To access individual Online Research Databases or e-Book Collections, you'll be prompted to enter your SMC username and password.  This is the same username and password you use to access NGU email or to login to computers at NGU.  For the username you only need to enter the first part of the email address (example: JNeves569). 



If you need help with off-campus access, please contact us:

Phone:  864-977-7094



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