Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find books?

What is the Orbis-Cascade Alliance?

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that have made their collections available to member libraries for borrowing. The Orbis Cascade Alliance Catalog, known as Summit, is also the place to look for material which is not available at the George Fox libraries. Access and request materials owned by other Alliance institutions using Primo, with the Scope set to "George Fox + Summit" primo-scope-gfu-summit.png

Where are other Summit libraries located?

Here is a map with links to each Summit library. You may go directly to any Summit library to check out materials which they own. You simply need to go to their Front Desk with your George Fox University student ID card.  You may be asked to log into your library account.

How can I request George Fox material that is already checked out?

  • Option 1: Request it via Summit or interlibrary loan
  • Option 2: Click the Request link on the item record in Primo and follow the prompts. When the current borrower returns the material, if you are next on the hold list, the material will be sent to the location you designated. You will be notified via e-mail when it becomes available.

How can I request material that is not owned by either George Fox or Summit?

Fill out the form with the required information. When you send the form it will be routed to the proper person at the Newberg Campus library for processing. You will be notified via e-mail when your materials have arrived. Interlibrary loan material can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive, though usually it's faster.

How can I find full-text articles in the electronic databases?

See Research Guides to find recommended databases in which to search for articles.

How can I connect to the library databases from home?

Always access databases through the library website.  Entering your MyGeorgeFox credentials when prompted will validate you as a George Fox University student. If you are denied access, please contact the library.

How can I order a journal article that is not owned by my home library?

Fill out the form with the required information. When you send the form it will be routed to the proper person at the Newberg Library for processing.

How much does it cost to order material or articles using the Interlibrary Loan service?

Most requests are processed for free. If a fee is required, the library covers the first $25.00 of any single item. Students, faculty and staff are always notified before any costs are incurred and may cancel the request if not wanting to pay the difference.

How can I find out what material I have checked out or the status of my library account?

Click on the "My Account" button at the top of the library homepage. Enter your MyGeorgeFox credentials to access your library account.

Items you have checked out are displayed in the "Loans" section:


How can I renew my materials without taking them back to the library?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Summit items:

  1. Contact the library at 503-554-2410
  2. Request a renewal in your Interlibrary Loan account or (for Summit) Primo account
NOTE: Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not always granted.

George Fox items not yet overdue:
  • Click the "My Account" button at the top of the library homepage to view your loans. Renew by clicking the box next to the titles you want renewed, and then click on the box labeled "RENEW SELECTED ITEMS". The due date on the George Fox material(s) will change immediately and you will be able to determine whether the renewals were authorized.
How can I get help from a librarian?
  • Option 1: Visit either campus library of your choice and see a librarian on duty.
  • Option 2: Email a  librarian at researchhelp@georgefox.eduemail address. You may also contact any of the research & instruction librarians individually.
  • Option 3: Telephone the Research Help Desk at Newberg (503-554-2419) or at the Portland Center (503-554-6133).
  • Option 4: Make an appointment with the librarian of your choice.

How can I find out when the library is open?

Go to the library home page at and select "About" in the left navigation.