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Who may use Ryan Library?

1.  PLNU Students, Faculty and Staff

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Ryan Library exists primarily to serve the research and information needs of the PLNU Community including current students, faculty and staff.

PLNU patrons can use their PLNU ID card to access library services including:

  • Check out books
  • Check out key to Group Study Rooms
  • Access online databases remotely
  • Request interlibrary loans

2.  Community Users


It is the policy of Ryan Library to make its resources available to the public.  Members of the community surrounding PLNU are welcome to use the library for research or study, and community library cards may be purchased at the Reference desk.

Please take note of the following policies regarding community use of library computers:

  • Library research computers are not intended for recreational use; however, community users are invited to conduct research, search online employment listings, or briefly (20-minute maximum) access their email accounts.
  • PLNU students, staff, and faculty are always the library’s top priority.  At busy times, community users may be asked to relinquish a computer terminal for student use.
  • Members of the community using research computers for social networking, general Web surfing, online games, illegal purposes, or any purpose deemed inappropriate in light of the University’s emphasis on grace, truth, and holiness will be asked to leave the library.

Read the Ryan Library Community Users Policy.


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A digital scanner with email capability is available in the library reference area.


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What is Where in Ryan Library?

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Circulation Area

  • Circulation Desk
    • Check out books
    • Find items on Reserve
    • Check out Group Study Room key
  • Access to Middle and Upper Levels via SW Stair Tower and NW Inner Stairwell

Reference Area

  • Research Help Desk
  • Reference Books (i.e. encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases)
  • Current periodicals
  • Microforms Scanner
  • Study areas
  • Librarians' Offices
  • Library Instruction Room 202
  • Access to Computer Labs

Lower Level

  • Books (call #'s 000 - 299.999)
  • Photocopier and digital scanner
  • Paper cutter, pencil sharpener, and electric hole punch/stapler
  • Individual study desks

Middle Level

  • Books (call #'s 300 - 699.999)
  • Group Study Rooms (check out key at Circulation Desk)
  • Study areas

Upper Level

  • Books (call #'s 700 - 999.999, Juvenile Literature, and Oversized Books)
  • Individual study desks
  • Quiet study areas
  • Restroom

Find Books @ Ryan Library

WorldCat is the tool you need to research books (and more). With one search, you will find:

  • Books and media materials at PLNU
  • ebooks available through PLNU
  • Articles from some of our most-used databases
  • Books available for InterLibrary Loan through Camino
  • Books available through WorldCat at other institutions (request through ILLiad)

A few things you should know:

  • For books found in Ryan Library, the check out period for PLNU students and staff is 3 weeks, with an option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.  The check out period for faculty is 6 months, with no opportunity to renew.
  • For books borrowed through Camino, the check out period is 5 weeks, with no option to renew.
  • You can renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

Request books from other libraries

When a book is unavailable at PLNU, use these options:

Option #1:


  • Check WorldCat for availability before requesting a book through Camino.
  • Books requested via Camino take 2-5 business days.
  • Loan period is 45 days.
  • Books cannot be renewed.
  • Overdue fines will apply.   

Option #2:


  • Check WorldCat for availability before requesting a book through ILLiad.
  • Books requested via ILLiad take a minumum of 7-10 business days.
  • Loan periods and renewal availability varies.
  • Overdue fines will apply.

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First and Last Name or previously selected Username

Questions or problems logging in? Contact InterLibrary Loan at If you've created an account but forgotten your username or password, we recommend that you create a new account.

Ask a Librarian

Need help? Ask us!

Text us: (619) 592-8884

Email us  


Ryan Library Phone Numbers

Circulation (Front) Desk: (619) 849-2312

Reference Desk: (619) 849-2337


Ask a Librarian Service

The Research Help Desk at Ryan Library welcomes electronic reference questions from members of the Point Loma Nazarene University community (faculty/staff/students).

We regret that Ryan Library does not have the resources to answer questions from other individuals, unless the question concerns Ryan Library policies and procedures, library material unique to Point Loma, or other Point Loma Library-related information

"Ask A Librarian" Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:15 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 11:15 am to 6:00 pm

1:15 pm to 9:00 pm


Instant Messaging and Email Reference will be limited during holidays and school breaks.


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