For Faculty

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. Read the Guidelines for Instructors or see Course Reserves for more information.

Borrowing Library Materials

Your Biola ID is your library card. You must have it with you to check out materials, place holds or renew items. You may not check out items using another patron's card. 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)

Please 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. Overdue and fine notices are also sent within four days after the due date. However, failure to receive a notice does not exempt you from the charges.

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.

Information Literacy and Library Instruction

Information literacy is one of the nine program learning outcomes of the revised Core Curriculum at Biola. "Students will determine the extent of information needed, legally access and evaluate sources critically and ethically, while using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose."

The Library partners with instructional faculty to promote information literacy and teach techniques that will enable students to develop a systematic method of research that can be applied to any discipline or assignment. The primary goal of the Library Instruction Program is to teach information literacy concepts that develop lifelong learning skills that can be utilized beyond the university experience.

See Library Instruction to read more about this program.

Research Help

We encourage you and your students to stop by the Reference Desk during open library hours for expert assistance with library research. You can also use the Ask Us service to chat, email, text, or call a librarian.


The library has created online research guides to assist students in using library resources. Some guides are tailored to specific disciplines or courses, while others address broader research concepts like properly citing sources or using various databases. See a list of LibGuides here. Requests for new guides may be submitted to Stacie Schmidt.

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.

Liaison Librarian Program

The Liaison Librarian Program supports the mission of the Biola University Library as it deploys liaison librarians for reference, instruction, collection development, curricular support, technology integration, and outreach on the Biola campus and beyond. See Liaison Librarian Program to find the liaison for your department and more information.

Suggesting Library Materials for Purchase

You play a vital role in developing the library collection by suggesting titles for the library to purchase. Most academic departments have a designated faculty member who coordinates the request of library materials with the department’s liaison librarian. Please contact your faculty selector or your liaison librarian to learn more about the specific process for your department.

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.

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.

More instructions can be found here.

Media Equipment

A wide variety of media equipment (laptops, iPhone and Mac chargers, projectors, adaptors, TVs, DVD players, recording and sound amplification devices, etc.) can be checked out from Media Services, located on the middle level of the library. Mastering and duplication of audio and video material is also available.

See Media Services for more information or to request media equipment or services.

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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