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Get Materials from Other Libraries

If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, you may be able to use Interlibrary loan (ILL), which is a service that allows you to request items from other libraries and have them delivered to Biola. Please note that ILL services are only available to Biola students, staff, and faculty.

Requesting Books and Articles

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To get the resource you need as quickly as possible, follow the procedure below:

For Books

  1. If the item you need is a book, search the Library Catalog using the title of the book. The Library Catalog contains books, ebooks, and media items owned by the Biola Library. This is the first step in discovering what material is readily available to you.
  2. If the book is not available through the Biola Library, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.

For Articles

  1. If the item you need is an article, first find the source of the article, usually the periodical title (e.g. journal, magazine, or newspaper title).
  2. Search Journals A to Z using the title of the periodical to see if we carry the issue you need.
  3. If we do not have the article full text, either in print or through a subscription database, submit a request for the article through Interlibrary Loan.

See ILL for more information.

Using Other Libraries

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.