Circulation Policies & Information

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Mary Cameron
Access Services Supervisor


Borrowing and Returning Materials

To check out materials, you must present your current ID card at the Front Desk. Library staff checks out materials to you by scanning the barcode on your library card and the barcode on the material you are borrowing.

You may return materials owned by the Portland Center Library (PCL) to either the Newberg or Portland location. Likewise you may return material owned by the Murdock Library to the Portland or Newberg location.

Library Notification

All library notices are sent to George Fox University email accounts. Notices will be sent when items have arrived for pick-up, before items are due, and when items become overdue.

Loan Periods


George Fox, Summit, and Interlibrary Loan Materials
Item Type Loan Period
George Fox Books 6 weeks (120 days for employees)
George Fox Media (dvds, cds, etc.) 1 week
Summit Books 6 weeks
Summit Media (dvds, cds, etc.) 6 days
Interlibrary Loan Books Determined by lending library (usually about 3 weeks)
Course Reserves: short-term 2, 4, or 24 hours
Course Reserves: long-term 3 days
Technology (chargers, adapters,etc.)
  • Headphones: 4 hours
  • All other technology: 24 hours

* Items will be marked lost and replacement fees applied the day following the due date.

Replacement Costs for Lost Items:
  • George Fox University and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials:  Overdue items are assumed lost; you will be billed the replacement cost of the item.
  • Summit items have a replacement cost of $90 per item.
  • Lost or damaged materials may on occasion be replaced by the patron. However, prior approval is required.

Printing, Copying and Scanning


To print from a computer in the Information Commons, you must have money on your George Fox Papercut account.

Papercut cards can be purchased in $1, $5 or $10 increments at the Front Desk.

Cost to Print:

  • B/W = $.10
  • Color = $.25


To copy material in the Information Commons, you must have money on your Papercut account. Use your George Fox ID card to operate the machines.

Cost to Copy:

  • B/W = $.10
  • Color = $.20

no cost

Renewing Materials

George Fox-Owned Materials:

Items may be renewed online before their due date.

  • Select "My Account" on the library homepage
  • Login using your MyGeorgeFox credentials
  • Select "Loans"
  • Either select "Renew All," or mark the items you wish to renew and select "Renew Selected"

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials:

  • Request a renewal in your interlibrary loan account. Be sure to request a renewal before the due date, as renewals are granted by the lending institution. If you need to request a renewal after the due date, please call 503-554-2423.

Summit Materials:

Requesting Materials

George Fox University materials currently checked out may be requested. In Primo, select the request button and enter the appropriate information.

Summit materials are requested through a GFU + Summit search. If the request cannot be fulfilled, you will be redirected to an interlibrary loan form.  You can keep track of your Summit request in My Account.

Reserving Materials

Materials placed on reserve by professors for student use can be located by setting the search scope in Primo to Course Reserves. Search by course or professor name.

Reserves in digital format can be accessed and downloaded for personal use.

Other materials on reserve will be housed behind the Front Desk. Please bring the title of the material, the professor’s name, and the course title when you come to the Front Desk.

Technical Help

A staff member from the IT Help Desk is available on the following days and times at the Newberg campus library:

  • Monday–Thursday evenings: 6pm-8pm
  • Saturdays: 9am - 6pm
  • Sundays: 2pm - 8pm
You can also contact the IT Help Desk at 503-554-2569 or by email servicedesk@georgefox.eduemail address.