For Faculty

Liaison Librarian Program

Faculty are encouraged to contact their liaison librarian with any library question or comment. Liaison librarians help facilitate communication and collaboration between faculty and the library to ensure timely service or referral. Through this process, faculty play an important role in shaping the purchase of library materials each year. See Liaison Librarian Program to find your liaison and more information.

Recently Acquired Material

You may view a list of recently acquired material in your department here. Sign up for the RSS feed to find out the latest acquisitions in your topic areas of interest.

Information Literacy and Library Instruction

Information literacy is one of the nine program learning outcomes of the revised Core Curriculum at Biola: "Students will ethically discover, evaluate, and use information to formulate and address research questions, explain how information is produced and valued in a given discipline, and share their results."

See Library Instruction to read more about this program.

Research Help

Ask Us and Research Guides

Stop by the Reference Desk or use the Ask Us service to search FAQs, chat with us, call, text, or submit your question to the library. Use or share one of our research guides to assist students in using library resources. Some guides are tailored to specific disciplines or subjects, while others provide tutorials for using a library product.

Services for Online Learners

Teaching an online course? See Services for Online Learners to help your students navigate the library website and request books from other libraries.

Course Reserves

Instructors may place both print and digital materials on reserve for their students to use in the library. Materials may include both library materials and instructors’ personal material.

See Guidelines for Instructors or Course Reserves for more information.

Borrowing Library Materials

Your Biola ID is your library card. Bring it with you to check out materials, place holds or renew items. Renewals can be made twice online using your library account or unlimited times at the Circulation Desk. Faculty borrowing privileges are as follows:

Material Type Number of Items Loan Duration
Books 50 1 semester
Media 10 3 weeks
Reserves 3 (varies)

Check your library account for due dates or to view any outstanding fines, fees and/or charges. As a courtesy, we send reminder notices two days prior to the due date. See Borrowing & Circulation for more information.

Getting Material from Other Libraries

We understand that sometimes you’ll need resources unavailable at the Biola Library. Fortunately, we have a number of agreements with other libraries that allow us to get material for you. LINK+ and Interlibrary loan (ILL) are services that allow you to request items from other libraries and have them delivered to Biola. See Get Materials from Other Libraries for more information on LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan.

Departmental Printing and Copying

Faculty may print and copy using departmental funds. To do so, please contact your department secretary to make sure your NetID is associated with your department’s account for this purpose. To print using department funds in the library, send your print job from any computer. Go to any Konica Minolta Bizhub copier (located on all three levels), swipe your ID card, and select your department rather than personal account. See Print & Copy 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 of the Library. Visit the Tech Commons website for more information about equipment loans.

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. The full menu and hours can be found here.

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

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