Student Services


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Library Use

Having paid tuition and fees, all registered students of Northwest Nazarene University enjoy full library privileges upon presentation of a valid NNU photo identification card.   Individuals enrolled in courses offered through the office of Extended University Services are not included in this category.

Course Reserves

Some items may be placed on reserve for a specific class.  They can only be checked out for short periods of time from the Circulation desk (467-8607). Search here by course number or professor name to see if material is available.

Interlibrary Loans

For full policy information read the Interlibrary Loan Policy or visit the Subject Guide on Interlibrary Loan. The "Search Everything" library search box is a great tool to use to search for books and many other kinds of resources. An ILL request form is integrated into the library catalog as well as the journal databases. If you need to request something that is not discovered via either of these methods, use the Request a book and Request an article forms offered on this website under the "Research" menu option.

Faculty & Staff Services

Liaison Librarians

Librarians at NNU have faculty status and are part of the academic instructional team.  Responsiblities for collaboration with various disciplines is divided as follows:

Amy Rice, liaison librarian and subject specialist for:‚Äč
  • Biology & Chemistry
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Physics & Engineering
  • Theology & Christian Ministries
Sheryll Hampton, liaison librarian and subject specialist for:
  • Art & Music
  • Counselor Education
  • Military Science
  • Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
Rodney Birch, liaison librarian and subject specialist for:
  • Education
  • History & Political Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies
  • Nursing

Your liaison librarian can assist you with:

  • Instructing your students in the development of research and information literacy skills including, but not limited to, in-class active learning activities, appropriate assignments to encourage and assess research skills, and presentations on resources unique to your discipline.
  • Finding e-books and online articles for your online courses and implementing access. 
  • Modules covering research and library use which can be embedded in your online courses to support distance learners.
  • The development of a Subject Guide with resources specifically designed to support your course or program.
  • Locating resources for your personal research projects.
  • Locating appropriate journals and publisher contact information for submitting your professional articles.
  • Collection management (of books, journals, and other media) for library to support the university's curriculum.
  • Copyright resources to answer your questions.

Course Reserves

Downloadable Course Reserves Form

In order to provide students in your on-campus course with exclusive access to personal copies or items from the library collection you can place those items on reserve.  To place materials on reserve you must plan ahead as the library staff needs at least 48 hours notice for preparing the items for your students to check-out.  Please download and complete this Course Reserve form and send to Deanna Wilde, 

Library Use

NNU Faculty & Staff 
NNU Employee Spouse & Dependents 

Interlibrary Loan 

Faculty have unlimited access to interlibrary loan for the purpose of professional development or instructional support. Please contact the library or consult the Interlibrary Loan Policy for more complete information. The main Search Everything box is a great tool to use to search for books and many other kinds of resources. To request an item click on the title of the item and, if it is not owned by NNU you will be offered a blue REQUEST ITEM button for easily generating a request.  An ILL request form is integrated into the most of the journal databases as well. For materials not discovered via one of these methods, submit your request using the Request a Book and Request an Article forms on this website under the RESEARCH menu section. 

Book & Periodical Orders

All requests for new materials, questions about budget, and availibility of materials should be directed to your liaison librarian. All orders should be placed by March 31st of each year so that materials can be received and funds dispersed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Requests can be sent by email to your liaison or sent by campus mail via a brochure or catalog that you have marked. You will be notified by Coral Mattei, Technical Services Supervisor, when the items have been processed and are available for use.

Library Instruction

Library faculty are available to teach class sessions for students, faculty, and staff on the research process, specific databases, or orientations to the physical building and collections. They can assist faculty in developing assignments and learning experiences that will enable students to reach learning objectives. Librarians regularly teach introductory strategies for research and resources to students in English 1030 (Freshman/Sophomore Composition) and some Cornerstone classes. However, sessions on more sophisticated and specialized information strategies in subject-specific areas are encouraged. Contact the library and ask for your liaison to discuss your needs.

Linking Library Resources to your Canvas Course

To comply with copyright guidelines for Fair Use in education be sure you either link to full text articles and books or obtain the permission of the author. The library has thousands of e-books and full text articles via the library catalog and subscription databases. For assistance with obtaining the permission of the author, contact your liaison librarian. For more detailed instructions and best practices see the "Linking to Sources" tab of the Copyright Subject Guide.

Community Services

Library Use

Members of the community are welcome to use the library. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The library closes every Monday, while classes are in session, from 10:00-11:00AM for community chapel. Hours may vary on holidays, so be sure to check our website for library hours and the hours for all other partners in the Learning Commons.

Library Cards

Anyone who lives within a 60-mile radius of the campus may apply for a Community Patron card for an annual fee of $15.00. You will be asked to complete an application form and present a photo ID. After library staff has verified your status, a borrower’s card will be issued granting you the following privileges: check out of circulating materials (excluding Reserves and Interlibrary Loans) and on-site only access to electronic resources.  The initial check-out shall be limited to 2 items; thereafter 10 items may be checked out at any one time.  Items may be renewed twice unless requested by another patron.  When checking out material the library borrower’s card must be presented and photo ID may be requested.

The $15 fee is waived for persons who are in the following categories:
A.  NNU alumni - identify as an NNU Alum when completing your card application.  Alumni status will be confirmed with the NNU Office of Alumni. 
B.  Teacher/Educators in a local school district and local clergy - submit proof of employment from a local school or affiliation with a religious organization.
C.  Local area high school juniors and seniors - must be16 years of age and older and need to present a school photo ID. 
D.  Spouses of NNU employees and students
E.  NNU Retirees 
F.  Dependents of NNU employees or NNU students
If you meet the criteria in categories D, E, or F you have the option of being issued an NNU Community Patron card or obtaining an NNU photo ID card which can be used in place of the Community card.  You will be asked to provide your NNU ID number obtainable from the Human Resource Office. An NNU photo ID can be obtained at the Learning Commons Service desk during regular business hours, 8-5 pm Monday through Friday. 


Any exceptions to the above will be made by the library Director and on an individual basis. Possible exceptions might be visiting scholars, guests of the University, and requests of the President.