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For Faculty

Liaison Librarian Program

Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison librarian with any library question or comment. Liaison librarians help facilitate communication and collaboration between faculty and the library to ensure timely service or referral. Through this process, faculty play an important role in shaping the purchase of library materials each year. See Liaison Librarian Program to find your liaison and more information.

Recently Acquired Material

You may view a list of recently acquired material in your department here. Sign up for the RSS feed to find out the latest acquisitions in your topic areas of interest.

Information Literacy and Library Instruction

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Information literacy is one of the nine program learning outcomes of the revised Core Curriculum at Biola: "Students will ethically discover, evaluate, and use information to formulate and address research questions, explain how information is produced and valued in a given discipline, and share their results."

See Library Instruction to read more about this program.

Digital Commons

The Digital Commons expands the worldwide impact of faculty research by optimizing search engine discovery, providing usage statistics, and enabling easy, legal downloads of copyrighted materials. Functioning as an online archive of scholarship and creative works, the Digital Commons organizes content by collections, disciplines, and authors. You can publish open textbooks in the Digital Commons, whether you adapt an existing open textbook or develop an entirely new one. Library support is available to help you navigate the world of Creative Commons licensed materials and develop new, free materials to support student affordability and advance scholarship.

Research Help

Ask Us and Research Guides

Stop by the Information Desk or use the Ask Us service to search FAQs, chat with us, call, text, or submit your question to the library. Use or share one of our research guides to assist students in using library resources. Some guides are tailored to specific disciplines or subjects, while others provide tutorials for using a library product.

Research Consultations

Librarians are available for in-depth research consultations. Select a day and time that works for you, let us know more about your research questions, and your librarian will be prepared to help you with your research.

Book a research consultation

Services for Online Learners

Teaching an online course? See Services for Online Learners to help your students navigate the library website and request books from other libraries.

Course Reserves

Circulation desk

Instructors may place books and media items on reserve for their students to use in the library. Materials may include both library materials and instructors’ personal material.

See Guidelines for Instructors or Course Reserves for more information.

Borrowing Library Materials

Your Biola ID is your library card. Bring it with you to check out materials, place holds or renew items. Renewals can be made twice online using your library account or unlimited times at the Information Desk. Faculty borrowing privileges are as follows:

Material Type Number of Items Loan Duration
Books 50 1 term
Media 10 3 weeks
Reserves 3 varies

Check your library account for due dates or to view any outstanding fees and/or charges. As a courtesy, we send reminder notices two days prior to the due date.

See Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Getting Material from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We understand that sometimes you will need resources unavailable at the Biola Library. ILL is a service that allows you to request items from other libraries and have them delivered to Biola. See Get Materials from Other Libraries for more information about Interlibrary Loan.

Reciprocal Borrowing Programs

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.

Departmental Printing and Copying

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Faculty may print and copy using departmental funds. To do so, please contact your department secretary to make sure your NetID is associated with your department’s account for this purpose. To print using department funds in the library, send your print job from any computer. Go to any Konica Minolta Bizhub copier (located on all three levels), swipe your ID card, and select your department rather than personal account.

See Print in the Library for more information.

Test Proctoring Service

The Biola Library Test Proctoring Center offers proctoring services for Biola students and members of the community who need to have a test proctored. Our services include both paper testing and online testing in a convenient, comfortable and secure proctored environment at a reasonable cost. This service will meet or exceed the best practices established by the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

See Test Proctoring Service for more information.

Media Equipment

The Tech Commons loans media equipment to staff, faculty, and students in support of curricular activities and campus life. To reserve media equipment, please fill out a Reservation Request Form. You are also welcome to walk in and check out equipment at the Tech Commons desk located on the middle level of the Library. Visit the Tech Commons website for more information about equipment loans.

Heritage Cafe

Heritage cafe sign

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

quiet study room

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.