Library Service to Community Patrons
The La Sierra University Library is open to community users as well as
LSU students, faculty and staff. The Library has an open stack policy
so the book and journal collections are freely available to all to use
on site. There are, however, some different policies regarding services
that apply to community users.
Checking out books:
Members of the community are allowed to check out books with a Friends
of the Library card. This card is available to anyone for a contribution
of $35 ($20 for alumni) and is valid for one year. The Friends card may
be renewed by payment of an additional annual fee. The maximum number
of books that a Friends card user can have checked out is five.
If you have a library card from a library that participates in the Link
+ program you may be eligible to check books out from LSU with the
participating library card.
Using Media Materials:
Access to the Library's audiovisual collections is provided through the
Media Services Desk. The videos, DVDs and other materials are only available
for use in the Library. Media Services staff will assist with providing
headphones and the other necessary equipment to use the collection. The
media checkout process for community members includes the presentation
of picture identification or a Friends card.
Reference librarians are available to help you find resources necessary
to answer your questions. Librarians are available most hours the Library
is open, except for the lunch hour, dinner hour and from 10p.m. to midnight
Using computers at the Library:
Members of the community are welcome to use the Library's public computer
workstations for research purposes. Since serving student computing and
research needs is our primary mission, LSU students have priority in using
the Library's public computers. During particularly busy times, public
computers may be unavailable for community users. Additionally, members
of the community may be asked to sign a computer usage log before using
Laptop check out and wireless services are not available to community
Access to electronic journal articles and databases:
Members of the community may access electronic journals and databases
offered through the Library's web page by using public access computers
located in the Library. Off-site access is not available to community
Getting materials from other libraries:
If you need materials from other libraries, we can locate the materials
and refer you to that library or you can request materials through a public
library's interlibrary loan service.
Children in the Library:
We welcome elementary age and younger children to the library if they
are accompanied by an adult. High school/academy students should either
be accompanied by an adult or present a letter of introduction from a
teacher to the reference librarian.