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For Online Learners

Off-Campus Access

To access the full text of electronic resources from off campus, you will need to be authenticated as a currently enrolled Biola student. When you click on a link to an online source, such as an ebook, article, or database, you will be prompted to enter your Biola NetID and password. See accessing resources off-campus for more information.

Research Help

Library faculty and staff are available to help you online. Use the Ask Us service to chat, call, text or email your question to the library.

  • Research Guides: Research guides are curated by librarians and contain recommended resources and tips for finding information in the library collections.
  • Research Consultations: Need in-depth research help? Librarians are available for 30 minute research consultations. When you book a research consultation, you will be asked to provide some details about your assignment and select a day/time that works for you.

Requesting Books, Media and Articles

To get the resource you need as quickly as possible, follow one of the procedures below:

  • Books and Media Items
    • Search for the item in the Library Catalog to see if Biola has it.
    • For online books and media, click on the full text link to read the content.
    • For physical books and media, click on Request to place a hold for pickup at Biola or request the item be mailed to your home. See Library Pick-up Service or Mail to Home Service for more information.
    • If Biola does not have the item or it is checked out (there will be a due date), you can search the LINK+ Catalog to request it from another library. Note that LINK+ items must be picked up from Biola Library or another LINK+ library in CA or NV.
    • If the item is not available through Biola or LINK+, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan, but the item must be picked up at the Biola Library.
  • Book Chapters
    • Search for the book title using the Library Catalog.
    • If the book is online, click on the full text link to read the chapter. In some cases, book chapters may also be downloaded and kept.
    • If Biola does not have the book online, request the book chapter through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.
  • Articles
    • Note the publication that published the article - the journal, magazine or newspaper.
    • Use Journals A-Z to search for the publication title, not the article title.
    • Results will indicate whether the journal can be found online through a library database.
    • If the full text of the article cannot be found, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.

For additional help, use the Ask Us service.

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 provides remote technical services and support to students, staff, and faculty. 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.

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.

Library Instruction Survey

Take the Library Instruction Student Survey to provide feedback on a library instruction session.