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Library Information: About Ryan Library

Who may use Ryan Library?

PLNU Students, Faculty and Staff

PLNU patrons can use their PLNU ID and network login to access library services including:

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

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 Research Help 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.


Copying and Scanning

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

All Research Guides at Ryan Library

What is Where in Ryan Library?

Student studying in periodicals

Circulation Area

  • Circulation Desk
    • Check out books
    • Find items on Reserve
    • Check out Group Study Room key

Reference Area

  • Research Help Desk
  • Reference books
  • Digital scanner
  • Current periodicals
  • Study areas
  • Librarians' offices
  • DVDs/BluRays
  • Access to computer labs

Lower Level

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

Find Books @ Ryan Library

WorldCat is the tool you need to research books (and more)::

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

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 InterLibrary Loan, loan periods may vary. 
  • You can renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

Ask a Librarian

Chat with a librarian here! 

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

Ryan Library Phone Numbers

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

Research Help Desk: (619) 849-2337

Ask a Librarian Service

The Research Help Desk at Ryan Library welcomes both in-person and digital research questions from members of the PLNU community (faculty/staff/students).

"Ask A Librarian" Hours

Monday - Thursday 10 am to 9 pm
Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday No Librarian Available


Chat and email services will be limited during holidays and school breaks.