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User Services: How-To...

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


You have access to a LOT of information resources by virtue of being an SHSU student.

Unfortunately, you will lose that access after graduation.

Here are some tips for accessing information resources after you leave SHSU.

SHSU Newton Gresham Library

You can continue to borrow books from SHSU NGL by obtaining a TexShare card from another library (see below) OR by purchasing a Courtesy Card for $20 per year.

Unfortunately TexShare and Courtesy Cards do NOT provide off-campus access to NGL databases. Public kiosks will soon be available to permit on-campus visitor access to NGL databases.

Houston Public Libraries for All Texans

All residents of Texas are eligible for a library card from the Houston Public Libraries without a membership fee.

Begin your library card registration online.

Note: You may need to visit a Houston Public Library branch in person to complete registration, before being able to access online resources.

TexShare Across the State of Texas

TexShare is a statewide cooperative library service that allows members of one library to use another library.

Start at a library where you are a member or registered user, such as your local public library.

Request a free TexShare card, then use it as your library card at any other participating TexShare libraries--including city, county, and university libraries.

Learn more about TexShare

Find TexShare participating libraries

Public Libraries Nationwide

Find and join your local public library. This is usually free with proof of address (such as a utility bill).

Your public library will provide reading materials for fun, core research materials, and databases. Many public libraries now have e-books and e-audiobooks that can be downloaded from home. Public libraries can also provide Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services such as you may have used at SHSU.

Find a library near you


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