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

Did You Know You Could Borrow More than Books? (photos still being added)

Cell phone charging on a portable power bank

Portable Power Bank

Operate and charge a laptop, phone, or other device from anywhere in the library building -- no wall outlet needed. Supports wireless charging for compatible devices.

Wireless Charging: Place your phone on top of the power bank, aligning the phone horizontally with the back edge (opposite the buttons). A wireless icon will flash when the phone has been detected.

Tracing light pad

Illuminated tracing light boxes / light pads

This back-lit pad supports tracing for any number of purposes. The kit includes the pad, cable, and instruction card.

Product photo light boxes

This light box creates a controlled, well-lit space to stage photographs of smaller objects. The kit includes the shooting tent itself with USB connector, LED bead lights, a light diffuser, 8 backdrops, 4 reflection boards, a power adapter, and an instruction sheet.

Audio recorder kit contents

Audio recorder kit

The audio recorder kit comes with the recorder itself, a windshield (the puffy thing at the end of a mic), USB cable, memory card, and instruction manual. A QR code on the box leads to a digital instruction manual as well.

Microphone kit contents

Microphone kit

The microphone kit comes with the mic in a black bag, cord, windshield (puffy thing), stand mount, gold adaptor, XLR Blue Ring, and instruction manual. A QR code on the box leads to a digital instruction manual as well.

Molecular Modeling Kits

Supporting study in organic chemistry

Human skull model with 15 colored pieces to be disassembled and reassembled

Exploded Skull Model

This didactic 15-part human skull model can be disassembled and reassembled to support study in anatomy and physiology.

NGL's Campus Cupboard: How to Borrow LOTS of Stuff Beyond Books

Did you know that the library lends more than books?

  • Laptops (in-building use).
  • Web cams - external, plug-and-play, for use with your laptop or ours
  • HDMI adapter cables, to connect a laptop to a monitor in a library group study room.
  • Portable power banks to operate and charge a laptop, phone, or other device from anywhere in the library building -- no wall outlet needed. Includes wireless charging for compatible devices.
  • USB charging cables, various types, to help you charge phones/tablets
  • Audio recording equipment, including recorders with memory cards, headphones, microphones and cables. Two-week checkout.
  • Whiteboard kits, with markers and erasers to use on dry-erase white boards and glass boards in library study spaces.
  • Calculators (graphing, scientific, and basic); 3-day checkout for use in class, on tests, on homework, etc. (Learn more)
  • Molecular modeling kits, supporting study in organic chemistry.
  • Exploded skull models for study in anatomy and physiology.
  • Illuminated light pads for tracing
  • Photography light boxes
  • Slant boards for comfortable angled writing or reading. (Learn more)
  • Focused Study Kits, full of tools to help students with ADHD, dyslexia, or other reading or focus issues. (Learn more)
  • Family Kits, full of toys and activities for different age ranges, to entertain your children while you study in the library. (Learn more)


How long can I use it? Most items are due by 11:50pm on the day of checkout, except where noted differently above.

How do I borrow it? Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Service Desk on the second floor of the library.
  2. Indicate what type of item you would like to borrow.
  3. Swipe your Bearkat OneCard when prompted (or present your mobile Bearkat ID using the official SHSU app).
  4. Note the information the staff member provides about when the item is due.
  5. Return the item to the Service Desk on time to avoid late fines. (Don't use the book drops!)


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