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For Alumni

COVID Update: Alumni access to the library is not available at this time.

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The Biola University Library welcomes all graduates of the university and is pleased to provide benefits for a nominal fee that include the following privileges:

  • Access to the library and borrowing materials
  • Access to public computers and Wi-Fi service
  • Access to all subscription databases from within the library building
  • Printing, copying and scanning services
  • Research assistance from professional librarians

Library Access

Biola alumni are issued a free Alumni Association ID card from Auxiliary Services. Your Alumni ID card must be activated at Library Reception before being used for library privileges. Once activated, simply scan your card at the library entrance and the turnstiles will release to allow you in the building.

The new cost for alumni library privileges will begin on September 4, 2018 and includes: $25 per year for library entrance (one year upon graduation is free) or $50 per year for borrowing privileges (25 books; 10 media). You can read more about these changes in an announcement from the Dean of the Library.

See Library Access and Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Library Computers & Database Access

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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.

Any user logged into the Biola network may access online library resources, including subscription databases. Biola alumni also have off-campus access to selected subscription databases with their NetID and password and a login provided by Alumni Relations (562-903-4728 or

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.