How to Use the Library

The library exists primarily to support student and faculty academic needs.  This page provides a high-level overview of typical library use.


Key points:

  • You should primarily use journal articles and books and in your academic work
  • Use Primo, the library's discovery system, to locate materials of all types
  • Subject-specific databases can be useful in focusing artcicle searches

Find Books & Ebooks

Print Books

  • Use Primo to locate books held by George Fox and by other libraries in the Pacific Northwest
  • WorldCat is the best tool for doing an exhausive book search, including titles held by libraries nationwide.  


  • Access hundreds of thousands of ebooks via the Library's online ebook collections
  • SpringerLink ebooks can be downloaded as PDFs, but most other vendors only allow borrowing for a limited period of time
  • See the Find Ebooks page for detailed information

Search ebooks in Primo


  • Primo presents a huge volume of article records.  
    • After running a search, use the left column facets to limit results to peer-reviewed/scholarly articles and/or full-text only.
    • If the full article is available through George Fox, a link will display in the View It section of the article record
    • If the full article is not available through George Fox, an interlibrary loan request link will display in the Get It section
  • You may want to search for articles using Google Scholar or other article databases
  • Subject Guides for each discipline at George Fox present databases that contain articles


Popular spaces in the libraries include:

Murdock Library (Newberg)

  • study rooms
  • public computers
  • 24/7 colloborative work spaces
  • individual quiet study carrels (upstairs)
  • Special Collections room (upstairs)
  • Curriculum Library (downstairs)
  • Classroom with computers (downstairs)

Portland Center Library

  • study rooms
  • public computers
  • individual quiet study carrels


Friendly employees at the Front Desk are eager to assist with checking out books, doing quick searches for specific items, clearing printer jams (fun!) and answering general questions.

Research Help offers direction on searching databases and/or Primo.  Contact a librarian anytime for quick assistace, or make an appointment online to meet with one in person.  Faculty may wish to invite a professinal librarian into their class to instruct students on locating and using scholarly materials.

Circulation Services manages lending of materials, including Summit, interlibrary loan, replacement fees for lost items, etc.