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Study Abroad: Before You Leave

Get to know the local library

Libraries are as varied and diverse as the cultures you are about to explore. The libraries in your host country may have different layouts, collections, policies, and resources than those with which you are familiar at Ryan Library. Some of the countries to which PLNU students travel have libraries with limited catalogs or censored material. It is also common in many parts of the world to have libraries with closed stacks, where you cannot browse through library collections yourself and must instead have a librarian retrieve materials for you. 

Using the local library at your site, and navigating any differences you may encounter, is a valuable part of your global education experience, and you should always check for materials there first. If you have trouble locating or accessing research material abroad, you will still have access to Ryan Library resources.


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