Online Support for Faculty and Students

May 10, 2020

As Pepperdine University moves to online instruction for the remainder of the semester as a result of COVID-19, we remind our community about the many tools for accessing and using our collections. Even though our doors may be closed, our services are indispensable during this unprecedented time. Most services on this page are available only to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff. Please contact us if you have any questions.

For Pepperdine faculty members interested in virtual library instruction, contact us to schedule an online meeting with your students via Zoom.

For up to date information on COVID-19 and Pepperdine University, please go to

Pepperdine Libraries Collections Online

Ebooks: We provide access to more than a half-million ebooks. You can search for ebooks using our library catalog.

Journals: We offer online access to more than 63,000 journal titles. Search journals by title from our library catalog or browse our A-Z journals list.

Databases: We have subscriptions to more than 129 research databases. You can search and browse our A-Z databases list.

Streaming Media: Through our Streaming Video databases, students and faculty can watch and listen to hundreds of thousands of video and audio resources.

Digital Collections: Our digital collections provide remote access to Pepperdine's Special Collections and University Archives, including over 35,000 primary source documents, historical photographs, and audiovisual materials.

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Online Research Support


Also known as "Library Research Guides," InfoGuides provide an introduction to getting started in research in many different topic areas. We have InfoGuides embedded directly into many Courses/Sakai sites. These library research guides are available for all subjects at Pepperdine, including additional guides on specific topics like Primary Sources and Streaming Video.

Online Chat

Our research librarians are offering extended email and chat reference assistance online during this transition to remote classes. Research virtual chat is available to our Pepperdine community to help with searching for and navigating library resources. You can access research chat on the Libraries homepage, under "Ask A Librarian."

Research Consultations Using Zoom

For more in-depth research support, students can make a Zoom appointment with their subject liaison by emailing them or by filling out the Research Consultation Request form.

Reserves Materials Online

Faculty can make library reserves requests online. Please email Sally Bryant with any questions related to course reserves.

Interlibrary Loan

Requests: Because COVID-19 is affecting library operations nationwide, at this time, it is not possible to request print materials from other institutions. When you make an Interlibrary Loan request, we will look for electronic versions. If we are successful in finding an electronic version, we'll send an email letting  you know that the materials are available to download as a PDF from your online ILLiad account.

Renewals: Current interlibrary loan materials should be returned by the end of June. If you have any concerns about your account, please email

Publishers Offering Free Resources Online During COVID-19

Several publishers are offering temporary free access to textbooks and other publications that normally require paid subscriptions. We have created an InfoGuide of Expanded Library Resources to help you navigate materials that are now available to students across the country. Please note that this special access to textbooks expires on May 25, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are any of the libraries open?

A: No, as of 3/20/2020, all of Pepperdine's libraries are closed until further notice.

Q: Is Starbucks in Payson Library open?

A: No, Starbucks is closed until further notice.

Q: I have books checked out. Do I need to get them back to you right away?

A: All preexisting loans won't be due until the end of June. Please ignore any renewal notices until then. Once the Libraries reopen, you may return the books in person or drop them in the library book return bin located near the parking lot at Payson Library on the Seaver College campus. If you are a senior and will not be returning to campus, please mail your books by June 30 to:

Pepperdine University
Payson Library -- attn: Circulation Department
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Q: Will any scheduled events be held in the Libraries as originally planned?

A: In accordance with the University's COVID-19 Planning and Preparedness procedures, all Library events are postponed until further notice.