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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 connect with your liaison librarian.

Library Entrance and Borrowing

Your Biola ID is your library card. If you plan to use the library on campus, bring your physical or mobile ID with you to enter the library through the turnstiles and check out library materials. Then access your library account to check for due dates and renew material.

See Library Access and Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Access to Online Resources

Online access to library resources is limited to current Biola students, staff, faculty, faculty emeriti, board members, and visiting scholars. When you click on a link to an online resource, such as an ebook, article or database, you will be prompted to log in with your Biola email address and set up multi-factor authentication. You will then be prompted every 30 days to verify your identity.

See accessing online library resources for more information.

Course Reserves

Instructors can place physical textbooks, media and other required course material “on reserve” in the library for students to use. Course reserves are located behind the Information Desk and may be checked out and used in the library building for two hours at a time. Note that course reserve material is not accessible to online students.

See Guidelines for Instructors or Course Reserves for more information.

Research Help

For quick questions, use Ask Us to chat, call, text, or email your question to the library.

For in-depth research help, librarians are available for 30 minute research consultations online or in person at the Research Consultation Desk. When you make an appointment, you will be asked to provide some details about your project.

Book a research consultation now.

Interlibrary Loan

If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, eligible users may use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it from another library. Book chapters and articles only available in a print format can also be requested through ILL and will be delivered digitally. All other items must be picked up in person at the Biola Library.

See Use Interlibrary Loan for more information.

Library Instruction

Information literacy is one of the nine program learning outcomes of the revised Core Curriculum at Biola. Library faculty partner with instructional faculty to promote information literacy skills and teach techniques that will enable students to develop a systematic method of research that can be applied to any discipline or assignment.

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

Digital Commons

Digital Commons @ Biola 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.

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.

Tech Commons

The Biola Tech Commons, located on the middle level of the library, provides in-person technical services and support to students, staff and faculty. Phone, email and remote support assistance is also available.

See the Tech Commons website for more information.

Rhetoric & Writing Center

The Rhetoric & Writing Center provides 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.

Office of Student Accessibility

The Office of Student Accessibility 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 Office of Student Accessibility website for more information.