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About: Library Services

Discover who we are and what we can do for you at The Master's University, Robert L. Powell Library.

Library Services

For answers to all your questions about using the library, stop by the Reference Desk, call the Reference Librarian at (661)362-2201 or email Miss T. at

Miss T. will assist you in

  • finding scholarly resources for your paper or project
  • using the library catalog
  • identifying and using indexes and databases 
  • locating specific resources: books, articles, theses/dissertations, etc.
  • developing an efficient and effective research strategy
  • saving time!
  • checking your bibliography for style accuracy (APA, Chicago/Turabian, CSE, or  MLA)
  • assisting with copyright questions

Miss T. is happy to work with you individually or in small groups.   She is also available for in class instruction at the request of the course instructor.

Miss T. is on duty from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday or as needed for classroom instruction. Miss T. should also be consulted for questions regarding copyright.

Miss T. is also available for proctoring services.

Last updated August, 2016

‚ÄčNew Book Shelf

Books new to the library are on the display book case in the Main Collection room on the first floor. These materials will remain on the display shelves for about two weeks or until someone checks them out, whichever comes first.

The book sale shelf is open for business during regular library hours. Prices are posted.  Special sales are planned periodically throughout the course of the school year. Dates and times will be posted.

Please DO NOT re-shelve any item used.  Instead, return all materials to a book cart or leave them on a table or in a study carrel.  The library staff will re-shelve all materials after collecting the needed usage statistics.

During library operating hours, returned items should be left on the Circulation Desk or placed in the book drop inside the library except for RESERVE items. To avoid unwanted overdue charges DO NOT RETURN RESERVE ITEMS TO THE BOOK DROP.  

An after-hours book drop is located just outside the main entrance of the library and is to be used only when the library is closed.  It is OK to place audio-visual materials in the book drop.  Items placed in the outside book drop will be counted as having been returned the day the library was last open.

Copying, Scanning & Printing

COPY, SCANNING and PRINTING SERVICES consists of one digital color copier/scanner/printer and one b&w printer located in the Copy Room.  B&W copies are $0.05 each color copies are $0.15 and scanning is free.  IOU's will not be accepted.  Items maybe scanned into a variety of formats (e.g. .pdf, .jpeg, .tiff, xps, ooxml) and emailed to anyone.  Files on a flash drive can be uploaded and printed.

Transparencies are permitted.  However, in order to copy onto a transparency the "Paper Select" setting must be changed to the Bypass tray.  To do so select "Job Detail Settings", then select "Paper Select" then select the image of a hand then select OK.  Put the transparency in the bypass tray.  Put the original on the copier and select either b&w or color as needed. After the transparency is made reset the "Paper Select" to "8 1/2 X 11  Plain".  The cost is the same as for paper prints but the patron must supply his/her own transparencies.

Cannon Printer /Copier/Scanner
  • Print - Color and B&W ($0.15 per page, per side)
  • Photocopy – Color ($0.15 per page, per side)
  • Photocopy – B&W ($0.05 per page, per side)
  • Scan (.pdf, .jpg, .tiff, .xps, .ooxml) - FREE
Laser Jet Printer
  • Black and White only
  • Single Sided only
  • B&W ($0.05 per page)
Additional printing credits may be purchased in amounts of $2, $5 or $10 by currently enrolled TMU and TMS students who have paid the $75 technology fee.  Printing credits may be purchased at the circulation desk.  For more details on student printing credits see Student Printing Information.

Patrons who do not have printing credits (residents, TMU/TMS alumni, TMU/TMS students who have not paid the technology fee) must purchase a $2 print credit card and must be logged on as a "guest" in order to print. For more instructions on printing in the library as pertaining to guests, please see a library staff member.

CAUTION:  When using these or any other duplicating equipment in the library the user must recognize that the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.  The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

Last updated August, 2016

Placing a "hold" on a checked out item allows patrons to put themselves on a waiting list for the item as soon as it is returned.  A hold can only be placed on an item that is already checked out.  When the item has been returned the patron who has placed the hold will be notified.  The patron then has one week to pick up the item at the circulation desk before it is reshelved.  Items with a hold placed on them cannot be renewed.

To place a hold, select item title, then select <Availability>, then select <Place Hold>.

Last updated December, 2015

Desktop Computers are located throughout the main floor of the library. There is one computer dedicated for library catalog use only and it is labeled accordingly. The rest of the computers provide access to the library catalog, MasterNet, the Internet, the library's online subscription databases and indexes as well as other programs made possible by the Computer Services dept. including word-processing.  There are also some computers with special programs intended for specific courses.  Students enrolled in the courses needing those programs have priority use of these computers.

In addition to the hardwired computers available to all patrons, the library is fitted with wirless connection to the MasterNet network.  Wireless access cannot be provided to everyone due to licensing, security and administrative restrictions.  Therefore, only currently enrolled TMU traditional students, DCP, Credential, & MABC students  are given wireless access to the network.  However, TMS students may purchase wireless network access.  TMU and TMS alumni, resident card holders and visitors are not eligible for wireless network access.  TMS staff and faculty may petition the Computer Services Dept. where the need will be determined on a case by case basis.

Last updated August, 2016

DVD players are available for use in the library.  Data Projectors are availalbe for faculty and staff.  All audio-video equipment must remain in the library at all times unless required for classroom use and reserved in advance.  Reservations for data projectors may be made only by TMU faculty or staff for campus related activities. There is no pick up and delivery service available. Contact the circulation desk for further details on policy and procedure.  In keeping with copyright law (Title 17 of the United States Code,), data projectors may not be used by anyone on campus except by faculty for in class related activities.

Last updated August, 2016

Study carrel reservations are limited to TMU students only.  Study carrels may be reserved for a one-week period on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be no waiting list.  The same individual may reserve a carrel once per month. During the reservation time, patrons may keep checked out books and personal items (no food) within their reserved study carrel overnight for the period of one week.

Study carrels are availabe to all users when not reserved.   Please note, the library is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items.  At the library closing each day, any books or items not in reserved study carrels will be returned to the shelves. 

The student must also abide by these policies:

1.   All library materials kept in a reserved carrel must be checked out to the student who is reserving the carrel.
2.   Reference materials and Periodicals may be used, but not stored at the study carrel. Please place these items on their proper carts after each use.
3.   The carrel must be kept neat and clean.  Personal items are permitted but may not cause an unsightly clutter.
4.   Food is not allowed however, drinks are allowed as long as they are in a closed lid container.
5.   Upon expiration, patrons are required to remove all belongings from the study carrel. 


Last updated August, 2016

This applies to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of TMU and the reciprocating institution.  Reciprocal arrangements do not apply to any other TMU library cardholders.  

The individual borrower is subject to the rules and regulations established by the lending library, including, but not limited to, those rules that govern access to and the availability of library materials, loan periods, renewals, recall, and delinquency and lost materials charges. TMU patrons are expected to make themselves aware of the policies and regulations of each library used. The borrower is expected to protect materials and return them directly to the lending library by the due date.  Charges for late, lost or damaged materials are the responsibility of the borrower.  Fines, fees and replacement costs for library materials will be determined by the lending libraries in accordance with their existing policies.

 The Master's Seminary and The Master's University Libraries have a reciprocal agreement, which makes the collective resources available to both student bodies and faculty. TMU/TMS patrons needing resources from the university/seminary may obtain them from the respective library's circulation departments, filling out a patron registration form and presenting his/her student ID.  TMS patrons may only check out 15 items at one time.  Exceptions may be granted by either the Librarian or Circulation Manager.

 Biola University and The Master's University have established mutual borrowing privileges with currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.  Both libraries will provide direct loan service to eligible and properly identified members of each other's campus community for unrestricted and available materials upon presentation of proper identification, the completion of the library card registration form and the issuance of a library card.  The library cards are subject to renewal each semester or term.

 The Oviatt Library at California State University Northridge (CSUN) is available to residents, like TMU students for an annual fee of $50.00.  This service is provided through the Friends of the Library, an auxiliary support organization of CSUN library.  Students utilizing this service receive a patron card that allows normal lending privileges, however it excludes access to the CSUN network with their corresponding databases.  Coin operated temporary parking permits are available in designated lots only.

Last updated August, 2016

TMU Secure Wireless connectivity is available to the following patron groups:

  • Traditional students 
  • Degree Completion Program (DCP) students 
  • Summer Institute Program (SIP)
  • Online Program students (OP)
  • TMS students 
  • TMS faculty 

TMU Guest WiFi

The following groups of patrons may access the TMU Guest WiFi  by clicking the WiFi icon in their taskbar, Then selecting TMU-Guest from the list of networks:

  • TMU alumni 
  • TMS alumni 
  • Resident card holders 
  • Visitors 
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Library Catalog -- Basic Search

Powell Library Discovery

Search Powell Library Discovery

Find books, articles and more.  Search with these codes: 

au: for author

ti: for title

su: for subject

kw: keword 

Search the OPAC

Go to the TMU Library Web site, go to, select 'STUDENTS', then select 'Library'.

Type keywords in the "Search" box and Enter.

Optionally, consider using metadata field codes to focus your search:

     ti: for a Title | su: for a Subject | au: for an Author

In addition to the basic Search on the main library page is the Advanced Search option.  

The Advanced Search page provides options for selecting metadata fields, Boolean operations and Limiting options, all of which can be used to set up a focused search query.  

Once the results page has been acquired, the search query can be manipulated with the main "Search" bar at the top center of the results page. 

Also from the results page, you can focus your results with a variety of limiting options (left column). For example limit to only 'Peer-reviewed' articles; or just eBooks.  You can also limit the results to a specific date and language. 
When the search results are returned, those records that read: "Held by: The Master's University" are available to the TMU community on and off campus.  If it is an e-resource, click "View online".  .

Last updated May, 2018

Library Policies

Decorum appropriate to the mission and ministry of The Master's University must be maintained.  We are intent on making our facility conducive to research and study therefore, please refrain from talking in the library especially while on the second floor.  If you are seeking help, use your quiet, inside voice.

Also, any verbal abuse, argumentative behavior, or failure to respond to directives of a member of the library staff is treated as a very serious matter.  The staff will ask those who cause such problems to leave the facility and will call campus security as needed to enforce this directive.  All such incidents are reviewed by the University Librarian and Circulation Manager and patrons, regardless of status, may have his/her library privileges revoked for such a violation.

Last updated August, 2016

Cell Phone Use

Please consider your fellow students more important than yourself and TURN OFF or at least set to vibrate your cell phone.  When a call is received, please remove yourself from the library to carry on the conversation outside.

Food is not permitted in the library however, beverages are allowed as long as they are in spill resistant containers.

Do not deface books by marking, underlining, notating, or bending pages. Avoid leaving books, audio-visual materials or other library resources in vehicles as this will result in heat damage.  The cost of replacing damaged materials is the responsibility of the patron to whom the materials have been loaned.  See Lending Policies for details.

Last updated August, 2016

Due to closing procedures, please have all necessary circulation services completed 15 minutes before closing time (e.g. check out books, return reserved items, return headphones, pay copy charges, etc.).

Last updated August, 2016

The library is not responsible for the safety or security of personal items left unattended in the library (e.g. laptops, cell phones, books, purses, sunglasses, keys, etc.).  Personal items found by the library staff will be placed in the "Lost and Found" shelf behind the circulation desk. There they will remain until claimed or the end of the semester.  The library staff is not responsible for verifying ownership of lost and found items.  Unclaimed items will be discarded at the end of each semester.

Last updated August, 2016

In addition to the main entrance, there are two emergency exits located on the first floor of the library; one on the east side of the building by the periodical collection and one in the west wing along the connecting wall.  Additionally, there is an emergency exit at the rear of the second floor. Please make note of these exits as well as the location of fire extinguishers and plan your exit strategy beforehand.  Also, keep in mind that these exits are for emergency use only and an alarm will sound when they are opened.

Fire Alarms

In the event a fire alarm sounds all patrons are to proceed immediately to the nearest exit; DO NOT attempt to gather personal items.  Patrons must obey all directions of the library staff and leave the building immediately.  A speedy exit from the building is essential for personal safety and to keep the area clear for responding emergency personnel.

Last updated August, 2016

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More Guides About the Library


For more information or assistance contact:

Circulation Desk:  661.362.2278
Circulation Manager:  Miss Chloe Gustke; 661.362.2272;
Reference Desk:  Miss T.:; 661.362.2201
Interlibrary Loan Service:
Director of Libraries:  Mr. John Stone; 661.362.2271;