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Explains how to make use of some popular (and also some little-known) services at NGL

Borrowing Policies

Reference our complete circulation or borrowing policies online.

Returning Items

Hourly or overnight reserve material must be returned to the Library Service Desk.

The Library has three book drops. Only books should be returned in the drops. Please do not use the book drops to return material that is damaged or appears fragile, as the drop and weight of other books may increase the damage. The book drops are located at: 

  • Outside on the patio at the Northeast corner of the Library, near the steps coming up from the parking lot (1st floor entrance). 
  • On the wall at the front of the Library next to the right main entrance door (2nd floor entrance).  
  • Inside the Library on the right side at the front of the Library Service Desk (2nd floor lobby).

Book drops are emptied regularly throughout the day. Books that are returned after the Library has closed will be checked in early the next business day, with a return date of the previous business day.

Both regular loans and interlibrary loans (ILL) may be returned by mail using USPS library book rate with tracking at the address below. (Please write "Campus Box", NOT PO Box) 

Interlibrary Services 
Newton Gresham Library 
Sam Houston State University 
Campus Box 2179 
Huntsville, TX 77341 

Both regular loans and interlibrary loans (ILL) may be returned to the library services desk in the computer lab (room 315) at SHSU-The Woodlands Center, Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm. 

How to View Your Library Account & Renew Items

You can view your library account any time, from anywhere, to see what you have checked out and when it's due, or to request renewals. (Note: This does not include items from other libraries borrowed through interlibrary loan; those have separate renewal procedures.)

  1. Start at 
  2. In the library main menu on the right, click Research.
  3. Click "Books & Media (Catalog)."
    catalog link in library main menu

  4. In the blue header bar, click "Go to My Account."
    my account button in library catalog

  5. Click the link to "Review My Account."
    review my account option in library catalog

  6. Click "Login to My Account." If prompted, enter your SHSU login credentials (same as Blackboard, MySam, email, etc.)
    account login button in library catalog

  7. Click on "Checkouts" to view a detailed list of the items on your account. If you have placed a hold on an item, you will also have an option here to view your Holds.
    account summary in library catalog

  8. You can see the due dates for each item on your account. If you wish to renew items, mark the checkbox beside each and then click "Renew Selected Items."


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