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For Faculty

The Library supports faculty teaching, research and publishing. The Library also promotes student success by providing research help, instruction and access to resources.

Liaison Librarian Program

Each school at Biola is assigned a liaison librarian. Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison with questions about library resources and services. Liaison librarians are also available to help with research projects, collaborate with faculty to design assignments that promote information literacy, and discuss the selection of new materials for the library collection. See Liaison Librarian Program to learn more about the program and to find your liaison librarian.

Library Instruction

Library faculty partner with instructional faculty to promote information literacy and teach techniques that will enable students to develop a systematic method of research that can be applied to any discipline or assignment.

Library faculty support student learning by:

  • Assessing course assignments and suggesting strategies that promote the development of information literacy skills
  • Providing instruction that develops information literacy core competencies
  • Creating online research guides tailored to specific disciplines or research needs

See Library Instruction to learn more about this program or request a library instruction session for your class.

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.

Borrowing Library Materials

Your Biola ID is your library card. Bring it with you to enter the library through the turnstiles, check out materials, place holds, or renew items. See Borrowing & Circulation for more information. Set up your library account to check for due dates, renew material, or enable text notifications. Request and pick up materials from the library using the Library Pick-up Service, or use the Mail to Home Service to request books and media to be mailed to your home.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan – If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, you can use LINK+ or 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. See Get Materials From Other Libraries for more information.

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 use the print collections and facilities of other libraries. Use the Reciprocal Agreements Chart to find a library near you and apply for access.

Course Reserves

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

See Guidelines for Instructors or Course Reserves for more information.

Research Help

Stop by the Information Desk to speak with a librarian or library staff member, or use the Ask Us service to chat, call, text, or email your question to the library. Research guides are curated by librarians and contain recommended resources and tips for finding information in the library collections. Librarians are also available for in-depth research consultations.

Tech Commons

The Biola Tech Commons, located on the middle level of the library, provides in-person and remote technical services and support to students, staff, and faculty. Media equipment, such as sound amplification and recording kits, projectors, and video recorders can also be checked out. Tech Commons staff are also available to help with printing and copying.

See the Tech Commons website for more information.

Rhetoric & Writing Center

The Rhetoric & Writing Center is located on the middle level of the library and is open to all Biola students, faculty, and staff. A team of peer consultants provide feedback for writing projects at any stage—from outlines and early drafts to revisions and final edits—in a friendly, supportive environment, both face-to-face and online.

See the Rhetoric & Writing Center website for more information.

Learning Center

The Learning Center exists to provide students with academic assistance and support. There is a variety of tutoring resources available for most courses offered at Biola. Academic mentors are also available, as well as individualized ADA care plans and counsel for those diagnosed with medical, psychological, learning or physical conditions. 

See the The Learning Center website for more information.