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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.

Note: Currently there is a two-day waiting period for the processing of Community Cards. We regret the inconvenience. -- 8/2012

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.


Copying and Scanning

Ryan Library provides a coin-operated photocopier for general use (5 cents/page) on the library's lower level near the elevator.  A digital scanner with email capability is available in the same area.

PLNU Faculty may charge copies to their department by contacting the Circulation Desk. 


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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

Phineas is Ryan Library's online catalog, named after the school's first president, Phineas F. Bresee.

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Ask a Librarian

Need help? Ask us!

Text us: (619) 592-8884

Email us  


Ryan Library Phone Numbers

Circulation 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 8:30 am to 9:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

1:30 pm to 8:30 pm 


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


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