1. Where is the library located?
Follow the driving directions to Soka University of America, and the security guard will direct you to the library at the front gate.
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2.When is the library open to community members?
Ikeda Library is open to members of general public during the regular university’s business hours (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) when classes are in session. The library is committed to providing SUA students with enough quiet seating and space for studying after 5 p.m. and on the weekends.
3. How do I contact library staff?
Check the staff directory and contact them by phone or email.
4. Can I purchase a library card or library pass that allows me to use the library in the evenings and on the weekends even though I am not an SUA student, faculty, or staff member?
No, the Ikeda Library does not offer library cards or library passes for purchase. There are no exceptions to this university policy.
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5. Can I check out books/DVDs?
Library books, periodicals, and DVD cases are available for browsing and copying only. None of the library materials are available for the general public to check out as they are primarily for SUA student and faculty research. The Ikeda Library encourages community members to visit their local Orange County public library for more information on how to obtain a public library card to check out public library materials. For more information about obtaining a public library card, please visit https://web.ocpl.org/n/LibraryCardApplication/
6. Can I print?
No, community members are not permitted to print at the Ikeda Library directly from terminals or personal laptops. All printer paper and printers are resources provided for and available to SUA students, faculty, and staff only.
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7. Can I make copies of books and periodicals?
Yes, community members can purchase a $5 copy card at the Circulation Desk in cash only. Copies of books can be made at one of the copy machines in the library after the purchase of a copy card. When copying and printing at one of the copy machines, the cost per page is 10 cents. Please note that the library does not give any refunds for the balance on the card.
8. Can I eat food/drink in the library?
Absolutely no food is allowed in the library. Tables and chairs are available outside of the library and cafeteria. Consuming drinks in tightly covered containers such as travel mugs and tightly sealed bottles is permissible. This policy is placed in order to protect the library resources, furniture, computers, and other equipment from damage and insect infestation. Patrons violating this library policy will be asked to leave the library immediately.
9. Where can I get something to eat/a cup of coffee on campus?
Community members are welcome to grab a bite to eat or get a cup of coffee at two campus locations: the Sokafe and the Dining Hall:
Sokafe is the coffee shop located on the third floor of the Student Center. Sokafe features a variety of snacks such as freshly-baked pastries, cookies and brownies. We proudly brew Seattles Best Coffee, and our Baristas know how to make all of your favorite espresso drinks! Not a coffee drinker? Not to worry, we also have a variety of soft drinks, juices, bottled beverages and now serve Boba!
The Dining Hall is located on the second floor of the Student Center and offers a variety of foods ranging from exciting exhibition stations with fresh Asian and International cuisine prepared before your eyes to delicious desserts. You'll find a custom deli and extensive salad bar selections as well as soups made from scratch daily. We proudly brew locally roasted coffee. We accept cash, checks and credit card.
Daily menu: http://www.cafebonappetit.com/menu/your-cafe/soka/cafes/details/255/soka-bistro
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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10. Can I use the 24 hour study room on the 2nd floor?
The seats in the 24-hour study room on the 2nd/main floor of the library are reserved for the current SUA students only.
11. Can I use one of the private study rooms on the 3rd floor?
No, the private study rooms on the 3rd floor are for SUA student use only. However, the study desks on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors are available for use by the general public.
However, the study room on the first floor of the library is available for community use with exceptions. To use the study room on the first floor, you must provide a form of valid identification at the Circulation Desk before a library staff member will give you access to the room. Identification will be returned once the community member is done using the room for private study. The general public using the first floor study room will be asked to surrender the room after 1 hour from the time of occupancy if other patrons are waiting. A room left unoccupied for 30 minutes is considered abandoned. Any items left in the room will be turned over to campus security.
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12. How do I log onto wireless?
To log into the Ikeda Library’s wireless account for guests, open up an internet browser on your personal device. Once you open up a new page on an internet browser, you will be prompted to provide a valid e-mail address and to agree to the terms and conditions. Once you do both, your device should be connected to the guest wireless connection.
13. How can I borrow an internet cable/Ethernet cord?
A limited number of Internet cables are available for check out. Community members are required to provide a validate form of identification such as a driver’s license card to a library staff member in exchange for a cable. To request an internet cord and exchange your identification to borrow one, please visit the Circulation Desk.
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14. Are there computers I can use?
On the 2nd/main floor of the library, there are four terminal computers for the general public. Printing from the terminals are not permissible; however, PDF files may be saved in a memory key from the USB port and printed by using the copy machines. To print with the copy machines, it will cost 10 cents per page. Community members may purchase a copy card for $5 at the Circulation Desk.
15. Can I talk on my cell phone in the library?
Cell phone conversation is not allowed in the library. The library is intended as a place of study. Library users are expected to show consideration for others using the library and to take all cell phone conversations outside. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave the library immediately.
16. Can I scan to my memory key/USB?
Community members are permitted to scan to their memory key/USB from the community member computer terminals on the second floor. Community members may also use the copy machine to print what they have scanned to their memory key/USB by obtaining a scanning card at the Circulation Desk. To obtain a scanning card, please visit the Circulation Desk and present a valid form of identification to be switched with the scanning card and switched back once you are done scanning.
17. Where can I park?
There are three parking lots located within walking distance to the Ikeda Library. Lot C is directly in front of the Ikeda Library’s entrance and is your closest option. When entering the SUA Campus, Lot A is immediately to your left. Parking Structure B is located to the right. To access Lot C, continue on University Dr. to the stop sign in front of Peace Lake. Turn Right and follow University Circle to Lot C – on the right hand side.
For more information about parking on campus, please visit: http://www.soka.edu/about_soka/directions.aspx
Parking information and a parking map is located at the bottom section of the page.
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