Community Patrons

Local residents near George Fox University locations in Newberg and Portland are welcome to use the library. However, please be aware that licensing for many resources limits access to currently-enrolled students and employees.

Joining the library

Community residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Clark, Yamhill, or Marion counties over 18 years of age may apply for a George Fox University Library card with a $20.00 annual fee and the presentation of their photo ID (proof of residential address required). Payment will be received in the form of cash or check. The decision to issue a community library card is at the discretion of the George Fox University Library. 

Users who are exempt from the community member library card annual fee include:

  • George Fox University retirees
  • GFU board members and spouses
  • Bon Appétit employees
  • GFU alumni
  • GFU student spouses
  • GFU staff, administration, or faculty spouses or dependents (18 years old+)
  • Friendsview Retirement community residents
  • NWYM of Friends pastors (or any Friends pastor)
  • Pastors in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Clark, Yamhill, or Marion counties
  • Students at Multnomah University, Western Seminary, Gateway Seminary (PNWC), Trinity College of the Bible & Theological Seminary
  • Summit visiting patrons
  • Teachers and administrators from GFU Education Consortium
  • Teachers from C.S. Lewis Academy & Veritas School.



  • Check out up to 10 books at a time from George Fox libraries.
  • Place books on Hold (click on the "Request" button in Primo, the library catalog)
  • Renew materials up to two times (unless a Hold has been placed them)

To search and request George Fox materials, log in to Primo using your University ID and Password. If you have trouble logging in, please contact us.

Note: Standard loan periods and fines apply.

Journal Databases

  • JSTOR -- create a free account to get up to ten article downloads per year (register)


  • Access to library computers, printers, and scanners
  • Use of the library databases (on campus only)

Note: Public-access computers at our libraries exist to serve the students, faculty, and staff of George Fox University. These primary patrons have priority and any guest (including alumni) will use the computers on a space-available basis.

Community Patron privileges do not include:

  • Off-campus access to databases (other than Sage Journals); this is due to licensing restrictions by the database providers
  • Summit borrowing, Interlibrary Loan or mailing materials to a home address
  • Checking out videos, DVD’s, juvenile books or reserve items