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Semester Loans

The Semester Loan Programs provides academic support to students as they work to fulfill their educational goals by providing technology to access key tools and resources, including Library databases, eBooks, Blackboard, and other helpful online resources. Students wishing to receive one of these loans should review the eligibility requirements before submitting an application.


There is a limited number of semester loans available so apply now!

Submit Application

Available for students meeting the eligibility requirements.


OER Bootcamp

Thank you to all those who joined Distance Learning and the Library in our combined efforts to provide information on Open Educational Resources (OER) thus far. We hope that throughout these weeks we provided everyone with tools and resources that benefit you in your classrooms and will help increase student success. Below are the resources that were provided for the first three weeks.

Again, we hope you enjoyed our Bootcamp so far. We are still offering weeks 4 (July 12th) and 5 (July 19th). We will be going over OneNote and using groups in Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Johnny Gonzalez from Distance Learning or Ana Naumann from the Library.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.

Shakespeare’s Anatomy of Love: Much Ado About Nothing

A recording of this lecture is now available:

STC Library presents scholar, author, and professor Dr. Paul Cantor of the University of Virginia, who will be discussing Shakespeare’s play, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“Shakespeare’s contemporaries promoted an overly idealistic—and hence impractical—view of love, which bred overly cynical views of love in reaction. In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare used all his considerable comedic skills to debunk these false ideas of love, and thereby to reintegrate alienated lovers into society, and restore the healthy role of love as a force for community.”

STC students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy film versions of the play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” from 1984, 1993, and 2012. The play can also be read in full, here. Access to these resources requires an STC username and password.

A free, online version of the play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” can be accessed by the public, here.

Explore OverDrive

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. They deliver the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. OverDrive is compatible with every major device on the market, which allows you to enjoy titles from the library’s digital collection.

What does Libby by OverDrive provide?

  • Enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on your personal device
  • Receive the same experience on all devices
  • Customizable browsing options to find books faster
  • Support for eBook highlights and annotations
  • Custom lists for tagging books you love and want to read
  • Direct support for everyone provided by OverDrive

You can access OverDrive from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.

Explore JoVE

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

produces and provides science videos to help improve scientific research and education. Scientists, educators and students at a wide range of universities, colleges, hospitals and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide use JoVE for their research, teaching and learning. JoVE films videos at the world’s top scientific institutions showcasing cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning. The JoVE educational videos empower effective teaching of science concepts and laboratory methods in undergraduate and graduate courses at universities and colleges.

What does JoVE  provide?

  • Produces thousands of new videos every year
  • Videos enable quick in-depth comprehension of complex STEM subjects
  • Helps increase student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Supports innovative teaching initiatives (i.e., flipped classroom)
  • First and only peer-reviewed scientific video journal
  • Publishes more than 100 new videos each month

You can access JoVE from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.

Link to Flipster


Over 40 easy-to-use popular magazines in digital / electronic format. Use a computer or mobile app to read the magazine without worrying about someone already reading it – STC students, faculty and staff have unlimited access. The magazines are readable on a computer or downloaded with a mobile app. For more assistance, please view Flipster’s tutorial.

Don’t have your favorite magazine? Suggest a title here!

New Library Openings

Come and see the new South Texas College libraries at the Mid-Valley Campus (Building E – expanded and renovated), at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus (NAH-West Building, 1st Floor), and Starr County Campus (Building K). Beginning June 4, 2018, with the start of the FY2018 First Summer Session, three new STC academic libraries will be available to serve students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Among other things, each of the three new campus libraries features a learning commons area for group study and group projects, study rooms, a quiet study area for individual study, and a silent study room for when you really need to focus. Each library is also equipped with a library instruction room for class instruction on research skills.

Stop by any of the three new STC libraries on June 4th between 9:00 a.m. and noon for some popcorn and refreshments to celebrate with us. You may also visit the Library Services website to learn more about library locations, hours, and services.

Contributed by Dr. Jesús Campos, Dean of Library & Learning Support Services