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COM 100: About Ryan Library

This guide supports the work of students in COM 100, Principles of Human Communication

Who can use Ryan Library?

1.  PLNU Students, Faculty and Staff

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 Group Study Room keys
  • Access online databases remotely
  • Request interlibrary loans

2.  Community Users

Members of the community surrounding PLNU are welcome to use the library for research or study; 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.

What is Where in Ryan Library?

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

  • Reference Help Desk
  • Reference books (i.e. encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases)
  • Current periodicals
  • Photocopier and microforms scanner
  • Study areas
  • Librarians' offices
  • Library Instruction room 202
  • Access to computer labs

Lower Level

  • Books (call #'s 000 - 299.999)
  • Photocopiers
  • Paper cutter, pencil sharpener, 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, oversized books)
  • Individual study desks
  • Quiet study areas
  • Restroom

Ask a Librarian

Chat with a librarian here! 

You can also connect via text message at 619-592-8884 or by email.