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We welcome you whether you are coming to attend an event, view an exhibit, explore collections, or conduct in-depth special collections research. Please use this information to help plan your visit to the Pepperdine Libraries. See maps and locations of our library locations across Southern California. You can also learn about the spaces within Payson Library, our flagship library on the Malibu campus.



Special Collections

If you plan to view materials in our collection, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Advanced notice is required to ensure the availability of materials and staff assistance.



Public Events

Explore our upcoming events, including lectures, panels, and performances -- all of which are free, and most are open to the public. 



Space Requests

Looking to film in the library? Want to book a study room? Hoping to host your next event here? Learn more about how our facilities can be used.


Visitor Information

Visitors to campus – including members of the Malibu community, families of students/alumni, or those attending other official University events – are welcomed to Payson Library for up to two hours daily to attend library programming and consult the print collections.  Additionally, members of the public who wish to use government documents at Payson may do so with the assistance of a librarian by making an appointment. Researchers requesting access to Boone Special Collections and Archives need to email us to make arrangements before visiting.

Individuals interested in checking out books are welcome to join the Friends of the Library or become a Waves Associate. Electronic resources, computers, printers, scanners, and interlibrary loan services are limited to current Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff. Alumni have access to a selection of databases, and members of the general public can always use our open access materials; to see a list of free resources, visit the All Services and Tools page and click on the “General Public” tab. The graduate campus libraries serve faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Friends and Waves Associates may also use these spaces for up to two hours per day.

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Pet Policy

Service animals are allowed in the libraries as outlined in the University Policy for Animals on Campus. Emotional support animals and pets are not allowed in the libraries unless they're in the building as part of a sanctioned university event. For additional assistance and questions on accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility.