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About Us: Mission, Services, & Policies

The MBKU Library is here to help you succeed!

Library Team

Rebecca Russell, MA/MLIS

Director of Library Services - COP Liaison

714.449.7438 |

Emily Zimmermann, MLIS

Health Sciences Librarian - SPAS Liaison

714.449.7440 |

Katie Gstalder, MLIS, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian II - SCCO Liaison

714.449.7439 |


Library Resources, Services, and Policies

ONLINE RESOURCES: all accessible from the library website


     Databases: are comprehensive online resources that provide access to medical literature, research articles, and clinical studies to stay up to date on current literature.


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     Subject Guidesare curated online resources designed to help you find and utilize the best academic materials for your field of study.

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     Writing Tools: such as Endnote, Zotero, and Grammarly are applications available to students that can help with in-text citations, bibliography generation, and writing support. 


Paper plane icon     Interlibrary Loans (ILL)allows for items not found at the MBKU Library to be requested from another library free of charge by submitting this online form.


     E-books: Our school provides the digital versions of many traditional textbooks to replace the need for physical books and ensure equitable access to essential resources.

LIBRARIAN SUPPORT: Use this online form to schedule a day/time with a specific librarian or select "Any librarian available." We are here to support you!

Literature Searching / Research Help: We can show students how to efficiently research their topics. We can also do a literature search for faculty (online form), finding an assortment of article abstracts for the faculty member to choose from.

Citation & writing support: We would be happy to teach you about the citation management tools available to you (EndNote and Zotero) to help with text citations and bibliographies. 

Research data management: Get help with organizing, storing, and sharing data throughout the research process at this link. 

Online Workshops: We offer workshops throughout the year on various topics. To find upcoming workshops and RSVP go to our library workshops page.


Books: The library collection consists of over 10,000 books in vision science, medical, pharmaceutical, and related areas (arranged by the Library of Congress classification). 

Journals: The MBKU Library journal collection consists of 150 current titles and 6,500 bound journal volumes. Most are available electronically and can be found by searching through the Journals A-Z tool. The physical collection is arranged alphabetically by title. Print journals are for use in the library only. 

Reserves: includes directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other basic source material  located on the low shelves by the new journal's section.

Recreational Reading & Magazines: Popular magazines are located in the Library Study Lounge. Books may be taken out of the library, magazines may not. 

Audiovisual: Over 200 slide and 500 video programs, DVDs, and a collection of CD-ROMs are listed in MBKU Discovery. 


Laptops: can be checked out by students overnight. Laptops are automatically due the next morning at 9am, unless otherwise arranged with one of the librarians.

Headphones: can be checked out for 2 hours. Reserve fines apply.

Chargers & Cords: as well as adapters and presentation cords for various devices are available to borrow. 

Whiteboard markers: A box of 4 markers and an eraser can be checked out overnight and will be due the following morning at 9am. Reserve fines apply.

iPads: There are two iPads available for checkout to faculty and students at the  Circulation Desk in the library.


iPads are loaned on a first-come, first-serve basis. iPads can be checked out for 2 hours periods. If you exceed the check out limit, fines will accrue at $1 per hour. 

iPads should not be removed from building A. iPads cannot be checked out overnight and must be returned during normal library operating hours. Ipads must be returned in person. They should NOT be placed in any of the library dropboxes. Do not download any apps, ebooks, or filesAnything downloaded to the device may be removed at the discretion of the library.

iPads should be carefully handled and not left unattended to avoid damage and theft. Damage or loss of iPad will be subject to fines or fees. If an iPad is damaged, lost, stolen, or otherwise not returned, users take responsibility for the full cost of the iPad ($350). Users will not be charged for normal wear and tear of the device. Fees for damage will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Users will be charged a replacement fee for the iPad case ($20) if it is lost.


An MBKU ID card is required to check out materials.

Books: Students and staff may borrow books for 2 weeks; faculty, residents, and administrators may borrow books for 4 weeks. Two renewals may be made in person, online, by telephone, or e-mail.

Print journals: are for use in the library only 

Reserve materials: circulate for 2 hours during the day. Items may be checked out overnight if it is checked out 75 minutes before the library closes. A fine of $1.00 per hour will be charged for late returns. Charges will accrue at the top of the hour. There are no holds or wait lists. Audiovisual materials not on Reserve may be borrowed for 1 week (otherwise Reserve fines apply).


Returns: Borrowers are responsible for materials being returned directly inside the Library by the due date. The book drop outside the library may be used when the library is closed. For lost books, replacement costs plus a processing fee are charged to the borrower. Fines may be charged under certain conditions.

Renew your materials online by accessing your "My Checkouts Account" - note this is a different login from your Library Resources Login. Use the instructions under the "My Checkouts Account" tab on the login help webpage.

Call 714-449-7440 or email and request a renewal.


  • Professional behavior is expected from students at all times.
  • Problems with noise or behavior should be reported to the library staff by emailing All e-mails will be kept confidential.
  • Telephones - Cell phones should be set to silent in the library. Cell phone conversations should be taken outside of the library. 
  • The Main area is considered a “Whisper Area” where quiet discussion is allowed. The Study Lounge is completely silent. 


The MBKU Library sites use cookies and records your IP address for usage statistics.

To use this platform, the system writes one or more cookies in your browser. These cookies are not shared with any third parties. In addition, your IP address and browser information is stored in server logs and used to generate anonymized usage statistics. MBKU Library uses these statistics to gauge the use of library content, and the information is not shared with any third parties.

Please address any questions or concerns to the MBKU Library by emailing:

Main area: The library is divided into two areas; the Main area of the library, and the Library Study Lounge. The Main area is considered a “Whisper Area” where quiet discussion is allowed.

Compulink Computers - Two computers with patient data Compulink software downloaded are available in the back of the library. Keep HIPAA protocols in mind.

Printing: The user ID is your Library/Printing Resources username. For printing login information and printing instructions, visit our Printing at the Library Guide.

Office Supplies: A paper cutter, three hole punch, stapler, ruler, scissors, and tape are available at the front desk. They may not leave the desk without permission.

Study Lounge: The Study Lounge has been designated a “Quiet Area” where complete silence is required.

Study rooms: One of our seven private study rooms may be reserved in advance through the booking system at this link. Please take the time to read through the study room rules and guidelines before booking. 

  • Visitors must check in with security at the security office on the first floor of the parking structure. They will check visitors' IDs to be cleared and given access to Building A. The library is located on the 2nd floor of Building A. 

  • For wifi connection, visitors can join "MBKU-Guest" network. 

  • Visitors are not allowed to check out course reserves. 

  • Visitors must be an OD or a healthcare professional to check out materials from the library. Stop by the Circulation Desk to register for a library account. You'll need to provide your first and last name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Non-MBKU patrons are allowed to check out 2 items for 2 weeks. If you are not an OD or a healthcare professional, you will not be able to check out materials, but are welcome to use any library resources within the library.

  • Visitors may not use MBKU study rooms, which are reserved for MBKU students and faculty.

  • Scanning is FREE for students and visitors and does not require a user ID or password. 

  • A phone charging station is available at the circulation desk.

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The mission of the M.B. Ketchum Memorial Library is to support the research, instructional, and informational goals of MBKU students, faculty, and residents in their pursuit of life-long learning. The library creates and fosters an enriching learning environment by providing essential services, facilities, and information resources to support the Optometry, PA, and Pharmacy programs.

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  • Call: 714-449-7440
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  • Chat online: Bottom right corner
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    • In-person or virtual appointments
  • Drop by in person:
    • Librarians available M-F, 7:30am-5:00pm


Second Floor of ‚ÄčBldg. A, 

2575 Yorba Linda Blvd. 

Fullerton, CA 92831

Summer Quarter Hours

          Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-11pm

Fri: 7:30am-5pm

          Sat & Sun: 9am-11pm

For Holiday closures see our Library Calendar