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For On Campus Students

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. To request items to be held for pickup at the Information Desk, use the Pickup Service.

See Library Access and Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Access to Online Resources

To access online resources from the library, you will need to be authenticated as a registered or enrolled Biola student. 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.

Getting Started with Library Research

First time using the Biola Library? See Get Started with Library Research.

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.

Research Help

Librarians, staff, and student employees are available to help you navigate library resources online. 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 assignment and select a day/time that works for you. Book a research consultation now.

Course Reserves

Your instructor may place printed books and physical media items “on reserve” for you to use. These course materials may be checked out for a short length of time from the Information Desk.

See Course Reserves for more information.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available during open library hours. Reservations are not required to use a study room; however, an individual or group with a reservation may ask an occupant to immediately vacate the room.

See Reserve a Study Room for more information.

Library Lockers for Graduate Students

Library lockers, located on the middle level, are available to graduate students and may be used to store checked-out library material and personal items. Applications will be accepted on the first day of the semester and assigned to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lockers may be used until the end of the current term.

Apply for a locker

Tech Commons

The Biola Tech Commons, located on the middle level of the Biola 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.

Working at the Library

The Library employs students to staff service desks, shelve materials, repair materials, and process materials for the library collection and interlibrary loan.

Benefits to working at the library include:

  • Flexible scheduling during open library hours

  • An opportunity to improve research skills, which may result in better research papers

  • Learning how to provide excellent customer service

See Handshake for available positions and to apply for employment.

Code of Conduct

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.