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Group Study Rooms

Students in a group study room

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 a valid Biola email address. Individuals may not reserve a study room for personal use. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance and no more than two hours may be booked by a single user in a single day.

See Group Study Rooms for more information or to make a reservation.

Research Help

Ask Us!

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 search FAQs, chat with us, call, text, or submit your question to the library.

Research Consultations

Looking for research help? Book a research consultation with a librarian! Select a day and time that works for you, let us know more about your research questions, and your librarian will be prepared to help you with your research topic or question. 

Book a research consultation

Research Guides

Use one of our research guides to get started on your research or to learn how to use a specific library product.

Services for Online Learners

Taking an online course? See Services for Online Learners to get started with library research and learn how to borrow materials from other libraries.

Borrowing Library Materials

Biola students may check out up to 25 books, 10 media items and three reserves at one time. Most books circulate for four weeks, media items for one week and checkout times for reserves materials vary.

Your Biola ID is your library card. Bring it with you to enter the library, check out materials, place holds or renew items. Renewals can be made five times online using your library account or unlimited times at the Information Desk in the library. You may not renew an item if the item is excessively overdue, on hold for another patron or if you have unpaid fines or charges.

Check your library account to view due dates, fines or fees. As a courtesy, you will receive a notice via email; however, failure to receive a notice does not exempt you from the charges. You can also sign up to receive text notifications about your library account.

See Borrowing & Circulation for more detailed information.

Course Reserves

Your instructor may place books and 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.

How to find a course reserve:

  1. Search by Instructor or Course.
  2. Select your course.
  3. Find the call number of the item you need and bring the call number to the Information Desk.

See Course Reserves for more information.

Getting Material from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We understand that sometimes you will need resources unavailable at the Biola Library. ILL is a service that allows you to request items from other libraries and have them delivered to Biola. 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 physically use the collections and facilities of other libraries. Use the Reciprocal Agreements Chart to find a library near you and apply for access.

Printing & Copying

Library copier

The Pharos print and copy system is available at many locations on campus for students, faculty, staff, guests and alumni. Photocopiers are located on all levels of the library. Print stations are located on the Middle Level near the Tech Commons and on the Lower Level. The Tech Commons desk, located on the middle level of the library, supports the Pharos print and copy system.

Print & Copy Cost

  • 10¢ for black & white
  • 40¢ for color

Scanning to PDF is free, but a Biola ID or copy card with funds is required to log in to the copiers.

See Print in the Library for more information.

Test Proctoring Service

The Biola Library Test Proctoring Center offers proctoring services for Biola students and members of the community who need to have a test proctored. Our services include both paper testing and online testing in a convenient, comfortable, and secure proctored environment at a reasonable cost. This service will meet or exceed the best practices established by the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

See Test Proctoring Service for more information.

Media Equipment

The Tech Commons loans media equipment to staff, faculty, and students in support of curricular activities and campus life. To reserve media equipment, please fill out a Reservation Request Form. You are also welcome to walk in and check out equipment at the Tech Commons desk located on the middle level. Visit the Tech Commons website for more information about equipment loans.

Rhetoric & Writing Center

Biola's Rhetoric & Writing Center is a place where students of all disciplines and writing abilities can discuss their writing with a trained consultant, designed to provide feedback and assessment of papers in progress. The Rhetoric & Writing Center emphasizes the process of writing and striving to produce a student’s best possible work through guided questions and suggestions for improvement - it is not an editing or proofreading service. The Rhetoric & Writing Center is open to all Biola students and is located on the middle level of the library. For more information, visit the Rhetoric & Writing Center website.


The Learning Center

The Learning Center is located on the Upper Level of the library in Room U124. Affordable one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions are available for most undergraduate general education Biola courses. Tutoring is offered to provide students with personal assistance to enhance, support and clarify concepts discussed in lecture and course material. For more information or to register for tutoring services, visit the The Learning Center website.

Assistive Services

The Learning Center provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with psychological, medical, physical and learning disabilities, and ensures legal compliance with state and federal disability law. The library provides the Learning Resource Room, located on the middle level of the library, to accommodate students with disabilities. Some of the functions of the room include, but are not limited to:

  • Test proctoring for DSS students
  • Adaptive computer technology (Dragon software, Kurzweil, and Zoomtext)
  • CCTV

In order to receive accommodations for a disability, students will first need to obtain and submit documentation. See The Learning Center website for further details on how to get registered with the center.

Library Lockers for Doctoral and Graduate Students

Lockers are available in the middle level Copy Room to Biola doctoral and graduate students. Lockers are assigned to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be used until the end of the current term. Lockers may be used to store personal items and checked-out library materials (subject to certain restrictions).

Apply for a locker

Heritage Café

Heritage Cafe

The Heritage Cafe, located near the entrance to the library, serves Starbucks beverages, acai bowls, fresh squeezed juices, gourmet sandwiches, and salads. Decorated with items from the library Archives and remembrances from Biola’s history, the Heritage Cafe provides customers with the chance to reflect on Biola’s purpose and mission. Ample seating areas are available outside the library and in an expanded lobby area inside the library.

Code of Conduct

Students studying in the library

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. This code applies to all users of the Biola Library, including faculty, staff and members of the community. Thank you for your cooperation.

Working at the Library

Biola University employs students to staff service desks, shelve materials, repair materials, and process materials for our collections and Interlibrary Loan.

Benefits to working at the library include:

  • The library is open 100 hours per week and flexible scheduling is available for most positions.
  • Students who work at the library often improve their research skills, resulting in better research papers.
  • Students who work at service desks gain valuable customer service experience.

How to Apply

  • Hiring is usually completed before the beginning of a term.
  • See Handshake for available positions and instructions on how to apply.

Student Library Instruction Survey

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