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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.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available on the upper and lower levels of the library. Study rooms are intended for collaborative study and group projects. Groups of two or more people may reserve a study room online with an active NetID and password. Individual study is permitted in group study rooms; however, a group with a valid reservation may ask an occupant without a reservation to vacate the room.

See Group Study Rooms 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.

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.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan – If the material you need is unavailable through the Biola library, you can use LINK+ or 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.

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 use the print 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 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.

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 (subject to certain restrictions).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

Test Proctoring Service

Test proctoring services are available to Biola students and members of the community by appointment and for a fee.

See Test Proctoring Service 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.

Library Instruction Survey

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


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.