For Students

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 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.

Course Reserves

Instructors will frequently put books, media items, or articles “on reserve” for their class using Course Reserves. Printed materials may be checked out for a short length of time from the Reserves Desk, and electronic copies may be read online or printed.

How to find a course reserve:

  1. Search by Instructor or Course.
  2. Select your course.
  3. If the item is in print, bring the call # to the Reserves Desk, located on the middle level of the library.
  4. If an electronic copy is available, click on Title and log into your library account. If you haven’t set up your library account before, follow the instructions to create a password. You will then be prompted to enter the Course Password (obtain this from your instructor). Click on Submit, and the article will then display on screen for you to read or print.

See Course Reserves for more information.

Printing & Copying

  • 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 into the copiers.

Photocopiers are located on all levels of the library, and print stations are located on the middle level near the Reference Desk and on the lower level near Library 140 and 141. Student dollars are used to pay for printing. Print/copy cards may also be purchased from the self-service kiosk located near the Reference Desk. Instructions for:

  • Add funds to your personal account
  • Print from a library computer: Mac or Windows
  • Print from your personal computer
  • Copy a book or scan to PDF using a copier (see instructions posted near each copier)

Tip: If you are printing an attachment from an email or a document in Google Drive, download the document to your computer first, before printing it. This will ensure that your document will print correctly.

Borrowing Library Materials

Biola students may check out up to 25 books, 10 media items, and 3 reserves at one time. Most books circulate for 4 weeks, media items for 1 week, and checkout times for reserves materials vary.

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 in the library.

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.

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.

Research Help

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

Global Students

Are you a global student and new to Biola? Take a look at our LibGuide just for you!

Online Students

Taking an online class or studying from a distance? Check out some of our tips for online learners.

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.

Writing Center

Biola's 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 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 Writing Center is open to all Biola students and is located on the middle level of the library. For more information, visit the Writing Center website.


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. The following fees cover an entire semester of tutoring:

  • $90 for individual tutoring, meeting for one hour on a weekly basis
  • $45 for small group tutoring, meeting for one hour on a weekly basis

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 Students

Lockers are available in the Middle Level Copy Room for doctoral students who are currently working on their dissertation. Lockers may be used to store personal items and checked-out library materials (subject to certain restrictions). Lockers are assigned to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lockers can only be held until the end of the current semester. Applications will typically be accepted on the first day of the academic semester until all lockers are assigned; after that, applications will not be accepted.

Click here to apply for a locker.

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.

Jobs in the Library

Interested in working at the Library? See Student Jobs for available positions. Hiring is usually completed before the beginning of a semester. Pick up an employment application at the Circulation or Reference Desk.

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