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For On Campus Students

Research Help

Stop by the Information Desk during open library hours for help with your research assignments. You can also use the Ask Us service to chat, call, text, or email your question to the library. For in-depth research help, make an appointment with a librarian for a 30-minute research consultation. Consultations can occur online or in person during a time that works for you.

Other resources:

  • Get Started with Library Research includes basic instructions for finding library resources on a topic or locating a specific item in the library collection.
  • Research guides are curated by librarians and contain recommended resources and tips for finding information in the library collections.

Library Access and Borrowing

Your Biola ID is your library card. Bring it with you to enter the library through the turnstiles and check out materials. Set up your library account to check for due dates, renew material, or enable text notifications. To request items to be held for pickup, use the Library Pick-up Service.

See Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Study Rooms

Individual and group study rooms are available on the upper and lower levels of the library. Reservations are not required to use a room; however, a user with a valid reservation may ask an occupant without a reservation to immediately vacate the room.

See Reserve a Study Room for more information or to make a reservation.

Course Reserves

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

See Course Reserves for more information.

Interlibrary Loan

If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, you can use 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 Use Interlibrary Loan 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 physically use the collections and facilities of other libraries. Use the Reciprocal Agreements Chart to find a library near you and apply for access.

Library Lockers for Graduate Students

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

Apply for a locker

Library Makerspace

The Library Makerspace is a space where you can design and create for an idea, class project, special event, or club. Equipment available for use includes 3D printers, Cricut cutters, Arduino electronics, sewing machines, and button makers. Training and workshops are available.

See Library Makerspace for more information.

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 open to all students and located on the middle level of the library. 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.

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.