Use Interlibrary Loan
This information pertains to Biola students, staff, faculty, faculty emeriti, and board members. If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, you can use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request books and media from other
libraries and have them delivered to Biola. PDF scans of book chapters and articles can be delivered digitally.
Requesting Books, Media, Book Chapters and Articles
To get the resource you need as quickly as possible, follow the procedure below:
Books and Media Items
- Search for the item in the Library Catalog to see if Biola has it.
- For online books and media, click on the full text link to read or listen to the content.
- For physical books and media, look for the call number to locate the item on the shelf. Make sure to also note the location and availability of the item before going to the shelf.
- If Biola does not have the item, you may request a physical copy through Interlibrary Loan. Please note that the item must be picked up in person at the Biola Library.
- Search for the book in the Library Catalog to see if Biola has it.
- If the book is online, click on the full text link to read the chapter. In some cases, book chapters may also be downloaded and kept.
- If the book is not available online, request the book chapter through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.
- Note the publication that published the article - the journal, magazine or newspaper.
- Use Journals A-Z to search for the publication title, not the article title.
- Results will indicate if the publication can be found online through a library database. If available, note the publication date and select the appropriate database to view the article.
- If Biola does not have the article online, request it through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.
See Interlibrary Loan Policy for a list of FAQs. For additional help, use the Ask Us service.
Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements
The library participates in several reciprocal borrowing programs with other institutions in the United States and Canada. These agreements allow Biola members to physically use the collections and facilities of other libraries. Use the Reciprocal Agreements Chart to find a library near you and apply for access.