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Library 101: Borrowing Items

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Library Account

Before you can borrow (check out) an item from the library, you must first have a Vanguard Library account. Please fill out the following form so we can add you to our system.

Borrowing Items from the Library

You can still check out print books from the library. Either send us an email at or fill out a LibAnswers question form on the homepage with the following information:

  • Book Title
  • Book Call Number
  • Student ID Number
  • Cell Phone Number and email address (the one you check most often)

If you can send us the link to the catalog record, that'd be helpful. Library staff will check out the book to your account and contact you to set up a pick-up time in front of the library. Library staff will then meet you on the porch on the designated day/time to hand over the book. 

Books with a location of Reserves or Reference cannot be checked out. 

All books can be returned to one of two library drop boxes - one is located on the library porch and the other is located in the Smith Parking Lot (it's a blue box). You can also mail books to the following address:

Vanguard University Library
55 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

If you cannot return the book, just let us know. We will work with you!

Quick Info on Circulation Materials

Books in the Main Stacks:

Check out length: 3 weeks

Limit number: 50 items on account

Renewals: 2 renewals (if not requested by someone else)

Overdue Fines: 25₵ / day

Holds: Books on hold for you will be held for 1 week.

Note: This applies to VU Undergrad Students. The VU Faculty, Staff, and Grad Student check out length is 4 months.

Course Reserve Books:

Check out length: 2 hours

Limitations: Reserves cannot leave the Library

Overdue Fines: $1 / hour overdue

Location: Reserves kept behind the Circulation Desk, please ask for assistance.

DVDs in the Main Stacks:

Check out length: 3 days

Limit number: 3 DVDs on account

Renewals: No renewals allowed. Please return DVD before checking it out again.

Overdue Fines: $1 / day

For New Guest Accounts: Guests (non-VU student/staff/faculty) can apply for a library account. Guest must provide picture ID and utility bill when filling out application. Guest fee per year differs based on level of affiliation with Vanguard University. Please note that application may take 24 hours (Mon-Fri) for a librarian to review and approve. Guests can contact a librarian at 714-966-6382 for more information.

For Current Guest Accounts: Guest accounts are restricted to borrowing 10 books at a time.

Picture ID card acts as library card.

Headphones and Flash Drives:

Check out length: 2 hours

Renewals: 2 renewals

Limitations: Library Use Only (they cannot leave the Library premises)

Location: Circulation desk

Print Journals:

Most of our journals can be found on the Journal Portal. While most are digital, we do have a fair number of journals available in print.

If the journal you need is in print format, please note the year, volume, and issue of the journal article you are looking for. This helps the staff member find it quickly.

Limitations: Print journals cannot leave the library.

Services: A staff member will retrieve the print journal issue for you.

Copying/Scanning: Articles from journal issues can be copied or scanned to a flashdrive.

Reference Books and Pentecostal Collection:

Limitations: Reference books and Pentecostal Collection books can only be used inside the Library


  • Reference Books: Biblical Studies Room and spanning around the left side of the west wing.
  • Pentecostal Collection Books: Locked in glass bookcases on first floor. Please ask for assistance in retrieving those materials.

COVID-19 Special Notice: We are unable to fulfill requests for books. You can request articles and book chapters. Once received, we will forward to your email address. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Need a book or article that we don't have?

You can request an InterLibrary Loan!

How it works:

  1. Fill out the form at the following link:
  2. We request the book or article from other libraries, until one accepts the request
  3. Usually it is free, but if there is a small fee, we would ask you if you are willing to pay it
  4. Once accepted, the other library sends us the book via mail or article via email and we notify you
  5. If it is a book, you return the book to us within 3 weeks, and we return it to the lending library

Please note: ILL books can take up to 2 weeks, and articles can take up to 48 hours.

Handy Links

  • Call 714-966-6382
  • Stop by  a Librarian's Office
  • Submit an Ask-A-Librarian Question Form for an email reply HERE
  • Instant message             with LibChat (below)

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This guide was created by Michelle Schonken. It was maintained and updated by Christine Shin.