For Online Learners

Research Help

Librarians are available to support you through the research process. If you have questions about finding or using library materials, use the Ask Us service to connect with someone who can help.

For more help with specific resources, take a look at one of our LibGuides.


Researching a Topic

Articles on a particular topic may be found by searching a library database. To access a library database from off-campus, you will need to be authenticated as a currently enrolled Biola student or currently employed faculty or staff member. When you click on a link to a library database, you will be asked to enter your Biola NetID and password.

Specific Articles

To find out if the library has the full text of a specific article, first determine the title of the periodical (magazine, journal, or newspaper) in which the article can be found. This is sometimes called the source of the article. Then use Journals A to Z to see if we have the periodical you need.


The library has a growing collection of ebooks. To find ebooks, search the Library Catalog or an ebook database.

Interlibrary Loan

Articles and book chapters not available online may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Printed books available at the Biola Library must be checked out in person or requested through a local U.S. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. See for a directory of libraries in your area, and then inquire as to whether they have an ILL service.

Reciprocal Libraries

The Biola Library has a number of reciprocal agreements with other libraries. These agreements allow Biola students, staff, and faculty to use other libraries and check out materials. The reciprocal libraries are located throughout the United States. Contact the Reference Desk at 562-903-4838 to check your eligibility or find a reciprocal library in your area.

If you do not live near one of our reciprocal libraries, use to search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

LINK+ is a book request service that allows students, staff and faculty of Biola to borrow printed books from participating libraries in California and Nevada. The Visiting Patron program allows you to use your Biola ID in person at another LINK+ library. The Pick-Up Elsewhere program allows you to request books from the LINK+ Catalog and pick them up at another LINK+ library. Please note that LINK+ policy prevents Biola members from ordering books available at their home institution. Therefore, you will only be able to use the Pick-Up Elsewhere service for books that are not listed as "available" at the Biola Library.

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