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Q: What are the library’s circulation policies?

Click here for the full WJU Paul Nystrom Library Circulation Policies.

Q: Does the library use library cards?

No. WJU students receive an identification card at registration through the Student Life office. This ID serves as a library card for the Paul Nystrom Library. Students are responsible for any items checked out on their card. Please ask at the Circulation Desk or visit this page regarding borrowing privileges for WJU faculty & staff, alumni, audit students, local ministers, and Western and Fuller seminary students. 

Q: Can I print/scan/photocopy in the library?

The library has printing capabilities from any of our computer stations. Each registered student will receive $25 of printing credit per semester, approximately five hundred pages of black and white printing. Additional printing costs are five cents ($.05) for black and white prints and twenty-five cents ($.25) per color page.

The library has a copy machine that costs five cents ($.05) per copy. It also has a scanner that is attached to a computer available for patrons to use.

Q: Can I place a hold on a checked-out item?

"Place Hold" button in its natural element

A hold is a request to get an item after the current borrower returns it. A hold does not change the original borrower’s due date, but prevents the borrower who has it from renewing it. To place a hold, open the library’s catalog by visiting, locate the item that you need that is currently checked out, then click the button in the middle right of the screen that says “Place Hold.” 

You will then be asked to sign-in using your WJU Username and password (same one as Moodle and Jessup email). If your normal username and password does not work, please contact the library staff at 916-577-2288 or click the get help button in the catalog. 

Catalog Log-In

When the requested item is returned, you will be contacted via the email address you provided, and you will have one week to pick it up before it is placed back into the regular library collection. Please note that we do not hold books that are available on our shelves—all checked-in books are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: Does the library have computers that I can use?

The library has a number of computer stations available to WJU students, staff, and faculty. There are also several ports to plug into WJU’s network from your laptop, as well as wireless access to the Internet accessible from anywhere in the library. Each registered student has a WJU ID and Password which will allow you to login the network and access your WJU email account.

Q: Does the library have Media / AV equipment I can check out? 

There are a number of AV items that can be checked out of the library and/or used within the library by current WJU students, faculty, and staff. Contact the library circulation desk if you are interested in using/checking out one of these items:

  • Video Cameras
  • DSLR Cameras 
  • Point and Shoot Cameras
  • Tripods
  • LCD Projectors
  • Projector screens
  • TV’s and DVD/VCR players
  • Headphones
  • Photography/Video lightboxes
  • Audio recorders

Q: What rooms are available for me to use in the library?

Study Rooms: The library has three study rooms available for use by current WJU students, staff, and faculty. Reservations for the study rooms can be made here

Media Lab: The media lab on the second floor of the library contains several computers for student usage, as well as study tables for collaborative group study.

Computer Lab: The computer lab located next door to the library (room #100) is considered a classroom. When not in use for classes, it is also available for library research and individual work, and is often open when the library is closed. Current students, staff, and faculty can access the computer lab by swiping their ID badge at the door.

 Database and Electronic Resource Help 

Q: I have a paper due tomorrow and the library is closed; what do I do?

The majority of the library’s resources are available 24/7 from any internet-connected computer.

If you need books now, find eBooks. They are digitized versions of scholarly books, and count as books (not websites) in your bibliography. If you need reference works like dictionaries or encyclopedias, use the Viritual Reference Library. If you need articles now, search the article database that specializes in your subject.

Q: My instructor told me to use EBSCO, what & where is EBSCO?

EBSCO is a company from whom we buy many of our databases. It is accessible 24/7 from any computer with Internet access and can provide you with the scholarly, peer reviewed articles you need to write a great paper.

Q: What are “peer reviewed” articles & how can I find them?

Peer review is a way for academic publishers to ensure that the articles they publish meet the high standards of the scholarly community. Peer review simply means that experts on the article’s topic accepted the article as quality scholarship based on content, argument, and method. Articles that have been peer reviewed are more likely to be well researched, use sound logic, and represent a consensus view of the scholars in the field. Most of the databases we subscribe to will have an option in the advanced search settings that will allow you to limit your search results to only “peer reviewed” articles. A few of the databases use the terms “academic” or “scholarly” instead of “peer review”; it means the same thing. Ask library staff if you have any questions. 

Q: I need help finding resources for my class. Where can I go?

The library has put together a number of helpful guides that are organized by subject major and that can be accessed both on and off campus. These guides contain links to suggested print books, ebooks, article databases, websites, and more. Click here to browse the guides we have available.

Library Navigation and Help

Q: How is the library organized?

The primary print collection of the library is organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Numbers 000-269 are located downstairs, 270-999 are upstairs. Books are grouped together by subject accordingly:

  • 000-Generalities
  • 100-Philosophy & Psychology
  • 200-Religion 
  • 300-Social Sciences
  • 400-Language
  • 500-Science
  • 600-Technology
  • 700-Art
  • 800-Literature
  • 900-Geography and History

In addition to the main print collection, the library also has a number of books in our reference collection that are designated as in-library-usage only, as well as an Education collection and a growing DVD collection on the second floor.

Q: How do I find my way around the library website?

If you are having trouble locating the specific link for something on this website, click here for our website’s sitemap.

Q: Does the library have a lost & found?

If you believe you’ve left something in the library, ask at the Circulation Desk. Items found are held for a day, then sent to the campus Lost and Found in the Campus Safety office.

Q: Who can I contact at the library if I need help? 

Library staff is available to assist students using the library and to provide one-on-one reference services including in-depth consultation in support of WJU student projects and research. Reference service is also available to the WJU community via email at, over the telephone at (916) 577-2288, and via chat-box at the right side of this website.

Instructional Service: Library tours and class specific workshops may be arranged by contacting the library.

Distance Learning Students (San Jose + Online): Students may request to have library materials delivered via mail shipment. Please submit your request via email at or call the library at (916) 577-2288. 

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