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A-Z Databases

Use A-Z Databases to view our full list of databases by name, subject, and vendor.

HGTC OneSearch (Advanced Search)

(Formerly SmartSearch by Discus)

Search "articles" to retrieve journal articles from multiple databases at once.

Journal Search

Use Journal Search to search by a journal's title in the databases.

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Browse all LibGuides

Use LibGuides for research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.

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Submit your questions and view our FAQs on LibAnswers, or chat with us live.



Digital Magazines

Library News

  • Do you enjoy reading novels? Would you like to discuss some great books with others? Join an HGTC Library book club discussion! The books selected for August/September will be these fantastic books set in cold places. Limited copies of each book club selection are available for checkout. Cold People: A Novel by Tom Rob Smith … Continue reading Book Club
    Aug 23, 2023 04:08 pm
  • Students are given 300 free black & white prints for the fall, spring, and summer terms (summer is collectively considered one term for printing purposes even though we have multiple summer options for classes). 300 prints are calculated as printed sides of a page. Currently, 150 double-sided prints count as 300 prints. This allocation is replenished … Continue reading Library Printing Allocations
    Feb 20, 2023 10:02 am

PLEASE NOTE: While the Library has limited evening hours, the vast majority of Library resources are available online. 
Click on the All Special Hours Posted link here or below for more information.

Conway Campus Library (Main Campus)

2050 Highway 501 E.
Conway, SC 29528-6066
(843) 349-5268, Fax (843) 349-7811

Monday-Wednesday 8:00 am-7:00 pm*
Thursday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
All Special Hours Posted

*When classes are not in session, Conway will close at 4:30 pm Monday - Wednesday.


Elizabeth Mattocks Chapin Library on the Grand Strand Campus

3639 Pampas Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 477-2012

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
All Special Hours Posted


Georgetown Campus Library

4003 South Fraser St.
Georgetown, SC 29440-9620
(843) 520-1424

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
All Special Hours Posted

HGTC Libraries offer the following services to faculty, staff, students, and the public.


HGTC students, faculty, administration, and staff may check out library materials with their HGTC ID. Residents of Horry and Georgetown Counties are invited to apply for a library card with photo identification at any of the three campus locations. Residents can use their HGTC library card at all three campus libraries. The first card is free and replacement cards are $5.00 each.

Intracampus Borrowing

With Intracampus Loan, patrons can order materials belonging to any of the three HGTC libraries and have the materials delivered to their home campus. Speak to a library staff member to request an item.

Interlibrary Loan

In order to meet specific research needs of students, faculty, and staff, the library offers an Interlibrary Loan service. Through this service, HGTC Library patrons may borrow materials from other libraries throughout the country. You can request an Interlibrary Loan with this form, or by speaking with a library staff member.

PASCAL Delivers

PASCAL Delivers allows current HGTC employees and students to request books from other South Carolina colleges and universities. PASCAL items may be obtained through HGTC OneSearch.

CCU Borrowing Privileges

Students, faculty, and staff with an HGTC library card and proof of their current schedule from myHGTC may also borrow materials from Coastal Carolina University's Kimbel Library. Anyone taking advantage of this reciprocal borrowing agreement must comply with all of Kimbel Library's policies.

Computer Privileges

All three HGTC campus libraries are equipped with computers to support academic research and related school work. Each computer has Microsoft Office Suite and Internet access. Facilities at the library, including computer workstations, are available for public use. 


Students are given 300 free black & white prints for the fall, spring, and summer terms (summer is collectively considered one term for printing purposes even though we have multiple summer options for classes). 300 prints are calculated as printed sides of a page. Currently, 150 double-sided prints count as 300 prints. This allocation is replenished each term but is capped at 300 and does not accumulate over time. These complimentary prints are available from library printers only at each campus. Additional print services beyond the 300 prints are available for a fee at the Conway campus through the Print Services department or at the other campuses through local providers. HGTC libraries do not offer print services to public patrons at this time. 


Current HGTC students may check out laptops from the library for a term. Laptops are equipped with Microsoft Office, MyITLab, and MyMathLab. All laptops are equipped with wireless capabilities. Students checking out laptops will be required to sign an agreement and present a student ID and a valid driver's license (or government issued ID along with proof of local residency). You will also be asked to login to myHGTC to show your current class schedule. Students cannot checkout a laptop for 24 hours after returning the item, nor can they renew the item.


The library offers a collection of downloadable eBooks on Axis 360 and offers a large selection of downloadable digital magazines through Flipster available to students, faculty, and staff. Both Axis 360 and Flipster titles can be downloaded to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs via free apps.


Item Lending Periods

Circulating Books: 3 weeks/3 renewals
Reference Books: not applicable/library use only
Reserve Materials: 4 hours/library use only
Study Rooms: 4 hours
Circulating DVDs/Videos: 3 weeks/3 renewals
Popular DVDs: 7 days/no renewal
Laptops: end of current term/no renewal
Magazines: not applicable/library use only

**Library items may be renewed by phone or online if they are not overdue.**

Lost Materials

When library materials or equipment are lost or damaged, patrons will be responsible for either the following fee or the purchasing price of the item lost:

Circulating Books: $50.00
Circulating Educational DVDs: $50.00
Popular DVDs: $25.00
Reserve Materials: $100.00 minimum

Delinquent Borrowers

Students with excessive fines or unreturned materials and/or equipment will have a hold placed on their account and be blocked from all borrowing privileges and from receiving transcripts. Please see a librarian at the campus nearest you to pay fines for any lost materials and processing charges. When the account is cleared of all fees, student account holds will be removed.

Study Rooms

Each campus library offers private study rooms that can hold anywhere from one to four people - perfect for quietly studying for an exam or working with a group on a project. Please note that study rooms are currently unavailable. Click here to view the study room rules and regulations.

Food & Drink Rules and Regulations

Please see posted signs indicating food and drink policy at each campus library.

Noise & Cell Phone Rules and Regulations

As an academic library, we seek to provide a scholarly environment that allows for quiet study. Although we recognize that certain library activities (such as Reference and Circulation) generate some noise, we ask that all patrons and staff work cooperatively to minimize noise in the library. If you must talk in the library, please respect those who seek a quiet place to study by keeping your voice to a whisper and your conversation to a minimum. Students are asked to use areas outside the library for calls and general conversation. Click here to view the noise and cell phone rules and regulations.

Computer and Internet Rules and Regulations

Computers in the library are provided for educational purposes only. Priority is always given to students conducting school-related research or work. Illicit Internet sites are strictly prohibited at all HGTC campus libraries. Computers are carefully monitored at each campus to prevent this type of use. See the library's computer rules and regulations and the college's computer policy and procedure.


The Library of Horry-Georgetown Technical College will accept donations with the understanding that they will not necessarily be added to the collection. The Donation Form will be submitted with the donation. Donations are acknowledged with a form letter. Click here to view our collection development guidelines.


The selection of Library books and materials is based on the library user’s right to read and his/her freedom from censorship by others.  Some Library materials are controversial and may offend some persons.  Selections for the Library will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but rather on the merits of the material in relation to the building of the collection, and to serving the interests of the users and supporting the curriculum.

The Library holds censorship to be a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for him/herself books and other materials of which he/she does not approve; he/she cannot exercise the right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others.

Selection cannot be governed by the chance that books may come into the possession of minors.  Should a patron challenge Library materials, that individual will be expected to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form.  Upon completion of this form, Library leadership will make an evaluation of the request.