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For Alumni

COVID Update: Alumni entrance and borrowing is not available at this time.

The Biola University Library welcomes all graduates of the university and is pleased to provide the following benefits.


Library Access

Alumni Accessible Databases

Biola alumni have free off-campus access to alumni accessible databases. The purchase of library entrance or borrowing privileges is not required to use these databases. Access to alumni accessible databases may require an active NetID login. Only the ATLASerials, Religion Collection for Alumni databases requires a login provided by Alumni Relations. See the list of alumni accessible databases for more information.

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Entrance and Borrowing

Library entrance or borrowing may be purchased for a nominal fee. Biola alumni are issued a free Alumni ID card from Auxiliary Services. Alumni ID cards must be activated at the Library Reception Desk before being used for library entrance or borrowing. Once fees are paid and the ID card is activated, the card can be scanned at the library entrance and the turnstiles will be released for entrance.

Library Entrance ($25 per year; one year upon graduation is free)

  • Entrance to the library
  • Access to public computers and WiFi
  • Access to all subscription databases from within the library
  • Printing, copying and scanning services
  • Access to group study rooms
  • In-person research assistance from library staff

Library Entrance and Borrowing ($50 per year)

  • All library entrance privileges mentioned above
  • Plus borrowing of library materials (25 books, 10 media)

See Library Access and Borrowing & Circulation for more information.


Library Computers

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Alumni with library entrance privileges may use library computers. Users without an active NetID and password can get a guest login from the Reception Desk. WiFi access is also available throughout the building. See Use a Library Computer for more information.


Printing & Copying

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  • 10¢ for black & white
  • 40¢ for color
  • Scanning to PDF is free, but a library card or copy card with funds is required to log into the copiers.

Alumni with library entrance privileges and an active NetID account may use their NetID login to print. Optionally, all users may purchase a guest print/copy card for $1 from a self-service kiosk, located near Tech Commons. The kiosks will only accept bills (no coins) or a credit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover). To use a credit card, at least $10 must be added to the account. These kiosks may also be used to add funds to an existing print/copy card.

Instructions for Alumni

  • Print as usual using any library computer (except the Library Catalog stations).
  • Use your active NetID login or the username and password on your copy/print card.
  • Swipe your Alumni ID card (if using your NetID information) or swipe your copy/print card at a print release station to retrieve your printed document.
  • Instructions for copying and scanning are posted above each copier in the library.
  • Please visit the Tech Commons desk for assistance with printing and copying.

See Print in the Library for more information.


Research Help

Alumni with library entrance privileges can stop by the Information Desk during open library hours for expert assistance with finding resources or researching topics. If you can’t come to library, use our Ask Us service to chat with us, call, text, or submit your question. We also have online research guides to help you get started.


Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available on the upper and lower levels of the library. Study rooms are intended for collaborative study and group projects. Groups of two or more people may reserve a study room online with a valid Biola email address. Individuals may not reserve a study room for personal use. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance, and no more than two hours may be booked by a single user in a single day.

See Reserve a Study Room for more information.


Heritage Cafe

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The Heritage Cafe, located near the entrance to the library, serves Starbucks beverages, acai bowls, fresh squeezed juices, gourmet sandwiches and salads. Decorated with items from the Library Archives and remembrances from Biola’s history, the Heritage Cafe provides customers with the chance to reflect on Biola’s purpose and mission. Ample seating areas are available outside the Library and in an expanded lobby area inside the Library.


Code of Conduct

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The Biola Library Code of Conduct is designed to create a safe and quiet environment for all patrons to enjoy. The library and its contents is a shared resource and, as such, requires all patrons to treat it and the other patrons who use it with respect and consideration. Library users are responsible for informing themselves of library policies. This code applies to all users of the Biola Library, including faculty, staff and members of the community. Thank you for your cooperation.