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*The Robert L. Powell Library*: Summer Intensive Program

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Library Services to SIP students

Last updated May 2024.

Library Services

One TV/DVD player is available for use in the library.

Three data projectors, two digital multimedia portable video players, and one external USB DVDRW drive are available for check out.**

**In keeping with copyright law (Title 17 of the United States Code), audio/video equipment used on campus may only be used for that which is directly related to current academic courses or departmental work related matters.  A/V equipment may not be used for recreational or entertainment viewing of copyrighted materials anywhere on campus without a license or written permission from the copyright owner. A copy of said license or permission must be filed with the Institutional Copyright Specialist prior to check-out.

Last updated November 2023.

During library operating hours, returned items may be placed on the Circulation Desk.

An external book return is available 24/7. It is located just outside the main entrance of the library to the left near the water fountain). Items placed in the outside book return when the library is closed will be counted as having been returned the day the library was last open.

 It is OK to place audio-visual materials in the outside book return.

Last updated November 2023.

Account holders of the Robert L. Powell Library may utilize our Book Pick-Up Service.  Requested books may be picked up from the Circulation Desk during open hours.  Library Hours are posted on the library website.

To request books for pick-up, please use the Book Pick-Up Service Request Form above. Email the completed form to  Please allow two business days for requests to be filled. We will text you when the books are ready for you to pick up.

Use the library Discovery catalog (  to obtain the needed information (see image below).  

For assistance finding resources contact Miss T., Reference Librarian:

Image of Library Discovery catalog record:

Last updated February 2022.

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. Bibles are free.

The Copyright Law Fair Use exemption permits scanning of portions of books for scholarship, research, criticism, comment, parody and transformative use. Therefore,

a. --Selected chapters/sections from hardcopy books can be scanned and delivered electronically upon request. 

b. --Please only request materials where a print copy is available from the Powell library.

c. --Please limit your request to only those portions that are needed for your research needs.

d. --Use thieBook Scanning Request Form above to place your order. 

Bibliographic Information needed to request selected chapters or pages can be found in the Discovery Catalog record.  See image below.

Last updated November 2023.

A bulletin Board is available in the printing & scanning area of the library. Only TMU related events are permitted on the bulletin board. Posters or notices for any non-TMU related events placed on the bulletin board will be removed. Posters or notices of any kind placed anywhere else in the library will be removed.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the library neat and orderly.

Last updated April 2024.

Eight desktop computers and three docking stations are located on the main floor of the library in the "Collaborative Corner". 

In addition to the hardwired computers available to all patrons, the library is fitted with wireless connection to the MasterNet network.  Wireless access cannot be provided to everyone due to licensing, security and administrative restrictions.  Currently enrolled TMU students, faculty and staff may access the TMU network.  All others may use the TMU Guest network for a period of three hours.

Last updated November, 2021

CDL Request Form

Borrow a digital form of a physical book held by the Powell Library for your personal research, scholarship, commentary, criticism, teaching, or transformative use. Access is permitted for a limited period of time and downloading, printing, copying, sharing or otherwise duplicating or redistributing are prohibited.

Last update April 2024.


For those students currently enrolled in the TMU Online Program (OLP)or the MABC SIP Program AND who reside within the contiguous United States, the Robert L Powell Library has instituted a Direct to Student Delivery Service.

Upon request, the library will send books directly to the OLP/SIP student at the library’s expense. The student is then responsible for returning the book(s) to the library on or before their respective due dates. A postage paid return label will be enclosed with the books. Books not returned to the library by their due date will incur overdue fines, so be sure to account for shipping time when returning them. One renewal per book is permitted. Watch “Sign in to your Library Patron Account” for instructions on renewing checked out books online.

1) This service is only available for those books already Held by the Master's University.

2) This service is only available to those OLP/SIP students who live within the contiguous U.S. and outside of reasonable driving distance from the Santa Clarita Valley.

3) Please allow 4-5 business days for requests to be filled.

4) Books will be checked out to the patron for a period of 8 (eight) weeks allowing for postal delivery to and from the requestor. 

5) Please use the included postage paid return label and the original packaging to return the books. It is recommended the return package be mailed 7 to 10 business days before the due date to allow it to reach the library before the book(s) become(s) overdue. 

6) Overdue fines will be accrued.

7) Any books not returned to the Powell Library will incur a “lost materials fee” (minimum of $60 per item plus a $10 processing fee).  See Borrowing Privileges: Fines & Fees for details.

Please fill out this DIRECT TO STUDENT REQUEST FORM as completely as possible. Use the library Discovery catalog to ensure the Powell Library has the book needed and to capture all required fields.

Bibliographic Information need to request a book or chapters can be found in the Discovery Catalog record: See images below:


Last updated November 2023.


The Robert L. Powell Library is pleased to provide Group Study Rooms to TMU students, faculty and staff. Group Study Rooms are intended for student collaborative study, small group projects, small group instruction and small group meetings.


  • Individual study is permitted in a group study room; however, individuals may not reserve a study room.
  • Individuals occupying a study room that has been reserved must vacate the room five minutes prior to the start time of the scheduled reservation.
  • Posters, notes, and  other items may not be hung on walls or windows. Windows are not to be covered or obstructed.
  • Lights must remain on at all times.
  • Please make sure that you clean up after yourself and wipe down the table before leaving.
  • Wipe down the whiteboard before you leave.


  • Reservations are permitted by students solely for the purposes of course related collaborative study or course related group projects.
  • Groups using these study rooms may not use copyrighted materials for entertainment purposes. Films, music, images, etc. may only be used if directly related to course assignments or for research, criticism and other scholarly endeavors. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the use of copyrighted materials. The persons using copyrighted multimedia must maintain compliance. <>
  • No more than two hours may be booked per group per day and may only be reserved for the hours the library is open. Library hours are posted on the library web site:
  • Study rooms may only be reserved for groups of 3-8 people. Maximum occupancy limits must be adhered to.
  • The person who reserved the room must remain in the room with their group during the time of use.
  • NO SHOW POLICY: Group reservations may be cancelled by library staff if rooms are not occupied within 10 minutes of the reserved time.
  • Reservations must be deleted if the room is no longer needed.
  • The library staff reserves the right to cancel reservations: made for reasons other than those described in this policy, made for non-TMU users or made for anyone not permitted to use the rooms.
  • The Group Study Room Policy Agreement must be signed before a reservation can be made.

The Powell Library is not responsible for the security of personal items. Any items left in the rooms may be removed by library staff and placed in the library’s Lost & Found at the Circulation Desk.

Failure to comply with established policies may result in suspension of group study room privileges and/or other library privileges.


Last updated December 2021.

‚ÄčNew Book Shelf

Hardcopy books new to the library are on the display book case in the Main Stacks 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.

A gallery of eBooks new to the library are displayed on the library web site at the bottom of the main page.  Each thumbnail cover displayed is linked to the ebook it represents.


Last updated September 2021.

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.

Before you can place a hold, you will need to "Sign in" to your library account. If you need help Signing in, watch this short video tutorial: Sign in to your Library Patron Account

To place a hold, select the item title, then select View All Availability, then select Place Hold. Fill in Submit a Place Hold Request.


Last updated September 2021.

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 $60.00.  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.  Access to the University Library databases is only available in-person as per publishers' contracts..  Coin operated temporary parking permits are available in designated lots only.

Last updated September 2021.

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

Miss T. will assist you in

  • finding scholarly resources for your paper or project
  • using the Powell Library's Discovery 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 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 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 September 2021.

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.

Scanning & Printing Services

SCANNING and PRINTING SERVICES consists of one color printer and one KIC overhead scanner. 

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.

PaperCut printing credits may be purchased in amounts of $1, $5 or $10 at the circulation desk.  For more details on student printing go to Printing on the IT Services web site.

Visitors who do not have TMUS login credentials must be logged on as a "guest" in order to print. Please see a library staff member to purchase printer credits and to log you in.

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. 

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of your scanning or duplicating needs, please consult the Institutional Copyright Specialist, Janet (Miss T.) Tillman,

Last updated September 2021.

The Robert L. Powell Library is pleased to provide study carrells to Powell Library patrons. Study carrells can be found upstairs and are meant for silent, individual study. 

Please note, the library is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items. Any food stuffs found unattended in study carrells will be discarded.

Last updated May 2023.

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 


Last updated August 2021.

Statewide Access to Online Resources

SIP students who live within the U.S but not within driving distance of TMU are not without resources.  Many states provide access to the collective resources available through their respective libraries.  Below is a list of states who offer their residents access to their online resources.

For a complete directory listing of library systems and all their branch locations across the United States see Public

Alabama -- Alabama Virtual Library is available for all Alabama residents. The databases available through the AVL are IP authenticated so there is no logging in as long as your IP shows you are in Alabama.

Alaska -- SLED: the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway, is an easy-to-use website that connects people to high quality Alaska information.--  resources are licensed for all Alaska residents.  If you're an Alaska resident, call 1-800-440-2919 for a password.

Arizona -- DAZL: Digital Arizona Library 

Arkansas -- Traveler Program:   Access to databases provided through the Traveler Program is available to Arkansas citizens residing within the state, and to academic, public and school libraries statewide. Arkansas libraries may register with the State Library to offer Traveler resources through their own institutional websites.sponsors

California -- no statewide access to online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

Colorado -- no statewide access to online databases.  See individual city/county libraries

Connecticut -- researchIT CT is available to all persons holding a valid library card from one of the Connecticut public libraries (the 195 Connecticut Public Libraries and their branches, the Connecticut State Library, the Middletown Library Service Center, the Willimantic Library Service Center, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.) as well as those whose computer's IP address is determined to originate from within the state of Connecticut.

Delaware -- no statewide access to online databases.  See individual city/county libraries

Florida Electronic Library -- provides electronic resources to the citizens of Florida.

Georgia: Georgia Public Library Service:  

  • PINES library cards are available to all Georgians and provide access to resources all over the state.
  • GALILEO:  Georgia citizens have access to subscription based electronic resources

Hawaii -- State Public Library System permits anyone to obtain a library card.  Residents, military personnel and their dependents are free; Non-residents pay a $10 fee for 3 months or a $25 fee for 5 years.  All cards provide access to the numerous online databases.

Idaho: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Illinois:  no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Indiana --  INSPIRE is a collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed freely by all Indiana residents who have Internet access.

Iowa -- State Library Resources:  anyone who lives in Iowa may apply for a State Library Card online, by mail, or in person at the Law Library.  A number of online resources are available to State Library card holders.

Kansas --  all libraries, colleges and universities and state residents can sign-up to receive a free Kansas Library E-Card and they can connect to a good number of Digital Databases and Online Databases using it.

Kentucky -- KYVL Kentucky Virtual Library  providing access to core database resources for all KYVL member libraries including colleges and universities, public libraries, K12 schools, hospitals, Department of Defense libraries, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), and more.

Louisiana: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Maine -- Digital Main Library (previously known as MARVEL, (Maine State Library and Maine InfoNet)) may be accessed from any public, school or academic library in Maine. Access is also available from your home or business in Maine. Access from out of state is available with a valid Maine library card

Maryland -- SAILOR collection ensures all Maryland residents have equitable access to a core collection of research databases.

Massachusetts -- MBLC Every Massachusetts resident has immediate access to a vast array of general and scholarly periodical articles, encyclopedias, reference materials.  They can be accessed directly from the Massachusetts Libraries portal ( and from the websites of libraries all around the Commonwealth.

Michigan -- MeL is available to all Michigan residents. No library card needed, just residency in Michigan and a drivers license or state ID issued by Michigan.

Minnesota -- ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, eBooks (online books), and other information resources.

Mississippi: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Missouri: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Montana: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

Nebraska -- NebraskAccess 

Nevada: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

New Hampshire: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

New Jersey -- JerseyClicks Electronic resources provided to New Jersey’s libraries by the New Jersey State Library and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

New Mexico: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries.

New York -- NOVELny: The New York Online Virtual Electronic Library provides a wide variety of resources (books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more) to New York State residents with NO FEES 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

North Carolina -- NCLIVE includes academic and public libraries of North Carolina. Residents obtain a library card via their public library and have access to all the electronic resources.

North Dakota -- ODIN participating libraries include North Dakota academic, public, state agency, school, and special libraries. The use of ODIN licensed databases is restricted to users with current credentials issued by participating North Dakota libraries.

Ohio -- OWL:  The Ohio Web Library is a core collection of information resources available to all Ohioans with a library card.    

Oklahoma: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

Oregon: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

Pennsylvania -- Power Library Services provided by the State Library of Pennsylvania include electronic databases, digital collections, and a 24/7 live chat service.

Rhode Island -- Ocean State Library (OSL) 

South Carolina --  has DISCUS, a set of database resources available to anyone who lives in SC. All that is necessary it to go to a local library or a nearby academic institution to get the password that will allow access to the resources from anywhere.

South Dakota Share-It 

Tennessee -- TEL: Tennessee Electronic Library allows access to Databases, eBooks, Career and Educational Practice Tests, Genealogy resources, World Book Encyclopedia, Homework help (including games for little ones) and Language Learning software.  

Texas: Texshare cards are available, but not every library participates. Libraries (all types) have access to databases that are state funded.. TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials.  The TexShare Databases are electronic resources licensed for the exclusive use of Texas libraries and their patrons available 24/7.  The TexShare CARD lets you borrow books and other physical materials from more than 500 libraries across the state!

UtahUtah's Online Public Library (formerly Pioneer) provides free access to educational and recreational resources. A card from your local  library is all you need.

Vermont: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

Virginia: Find it Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages.  All resources are free and available with a public library card anywhere in Virginia.

Washington: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

West Virginia: no statewide access online resources.  See individual city/county libraries

Wisconsin -- WI BadgerLink  

Wyoming -- GoWYLD provides Wyoming libraries and residents access to databases and other resources that support research, lifelong learning, business and career development, personal enrichment, and more.

U.S. Virgin Islands -- All residents of the Virgin Islands may apply for a library card which can be used in any of the territory's public libraries.


Last updated November, 2018

Cities & Counties Providing Statewide Access to Online Databases

For those states that do not provide statewide access to their collective online resources, there are some cities and counties that do. Here is a list of the cities and counties that provide access to their libraries' online resource to residents of the state.

For a complete list of California Public Libraries click here

Alameda County, CA --  Alameda County Library Full-Service library cards are available to anyone living, working or going to school in the state of California.  Applications must be made in person at any county library location: Albany Library, Castro Valley Library, Centerville Library, Dublin Library, Fremont Main Library, Irvington Library, Newark Library, Niles Library, REACH Ashland Youth Center, San Lorenzo Library, and Union City Library.

Los Angeles County, CA --LA County Library cards are available for free to permanent and temporary residents of California with access to library databases, audiobooks, and music.

Santa Clarita Valley, CA:

Santa Clarita Public LibraryAny resident of California (or temporary residents, such as students) can register for a card free of charge at any of the three branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library. Out-of-state residents will be charged $3.00 for a card. 

Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Old Town Newhall Library
Valencia Library 

Stevenson Ranch Library (LA County)Library cards are available for free to permanent and temporary residents of California

Riverside County, CA -- Riverside County Library System permits any resident of California to obtain a library card in person at any of the thirty-five libraries or two bookmobiles in the Riverside County Library System.

San Diego, City of, CA -- City of San Diego Public Library cards are free to applicants who reside in California or own property in the City of San Diego, and to men and women serving in the Armed Forces who are stationed within San Diego County. For non-residents, the annual fee for a library card is $32.  A San Diego Library Card provides access to library databases, download audiobooks and ebooks and more.

Sand Diego County, CA -- SDCL permits California residents and military to receive a library card for free and Non-California residents may pay a $5 one-time fee.

San Francisco City/County, CA -- SFPL permits any California resident to obtain a library card which allows you to download digital media, use electronic databases, take online classes and more.

San Juaquin Valley, CA -- SJVLS cooperatively purchases group access to databases and other online materials for libraries in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare.

Yurba County, CA -- Yurba County Library:  Library cards are free to applicants who reside within the state of California, but must be obtained in person.


Last updated July, 2020

For a complete list of Colorado Public Libraries click here.

Denver, CO --  Any Colorado resident or student in-state attending a Colorado college or university may obtain a free Denver Public Library Card.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Delaware Public Libraries click here.

Rehoboth Beach, DE -- Rehoboth Beach Library Individuals who are Delaware residents with a valid Delaware ID or own property in the state are entitled to a free library card, which can be used in any of Sussex, Kent County's, or New Castle County’s public libraries.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of  Idaho Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Illinois Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Louisiana Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Massachusetts Public Libraries click here.

Boston Public Library -- anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts can register for an ecard and access the databases, ebooks and other digital media resources. 

NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) -- available to residents of NOBLE communities and those affiliated with NOBLE academic institutions.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Mississippi Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Missouri Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Montana Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Nevada Public Libraries click here.

Las Vega, NV -- Las Vega-Clark County Library District provides a library card free of charge to any resident of the state of Nevada. 


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of New Hampshire Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of New Mexico Public Libraries click here.

Los Alamos, NM -- Los Alamos Public Library SystemL  Library cards are available to anyone with a New Mexico ID and UNM-LA students.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of New York Public Libraries click here.

Metro | 599 -- Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization where New York’s libraries and archives come together to learn, share ideas, and collaborate.  METRO is the largest of nine reference and research resource councils, known as the Empire State Library Network (ESLN), in New York State.

New York City, NY -- NYPL  Any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge, which allows individuals to borrow books and other materials, as well as, access online journals, online newspapers and other online resources 24/7 from work or home.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Oklahoma Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Oregon Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of Washington Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.

For a complete list of West Virginia Public Libraries click here.


Last updated November, 2018.