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Research Help

We encourage you to stop by the Information Desk during open library hours for expert assistance with your research assignments. You can also 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.

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.

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 Get Materials From Other Libraries for more information.

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 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.

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.