****UPDATE (6/1/2021)****
The NLC Library will be physically open to support student success beginning Monday, June 7, 2021. The Library will be open for quiet studying from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

  • The Library is only open for students, faculty, and staff use for the summer. No general public access at this time.
  • The stacks are closed for the summer. If you need a library book, please see the Circulation Desk for assistance.
  • Our computer lab will remain closed for the summer. Visit the NLC Open Computer Lab in NLIB 124.

The Book Drop will remain open for the summer. Please return all Library materials and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials as soon as possible. The book drop is located in the flag circle near the library building. It is the big silver box across from the flags. If you don’t know if you still need to return checked out materials, call the Circulation Desk at 210-486-5387.

Our Curbside Pickup of Library materials is available by appointment Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check out our post on how to place a hold on a Library item and schedule a curbside pickup.

All electronic and database resources are available 24/7. For assistance, please contact the Virtual Reference Desk.

The Library's Virtual Reference Desk will be manned from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday. We will be closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During open hours, you can contact us via chat, email, or phone: (210) 486-5388. To chat with us, click on the green chat button located in the Contact Information box on the Library's website or the green floating button on the LibGuides. Do you have a question while we are closed? Email it to We will respond by the next business day.

Remember, the Library is here to support you. Reach out to us if you have questions.

The NLC Library is a technology-embracing facility that enables users to pursue research goals and lifelong learning. Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources offered. We work in partnership with our instructional faculty, student services, and all areas of academic support. Just ASK! We will point you in the right direction.

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Virtual Reference Desk (VRD)
Monday-Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Fall & Spring Semesters
Monday-Thursday   7:30am - 9:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday   9:00am - 1:00pm

Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
closed Saturday

Summer Semesters
Monday - Thursday 7:30am-7:30pm

Convocation Week 
Mon – Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Sat

Intersession (Between Semesters)
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Chat Hours (excluding holidays):

Chat hours are the same as the NLC Library hours of operation.

Chat with a Librarian

Use the above box to IM us. If we are offline, send an offline message that includes your name and email address so we can respond when we are back online.

We will do our best to respond to your query in a timely manner but please be aware of our hours of operation.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re back at the reference desk.