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Seminary Graduate Programs - Introduction to Research & Resources: Find Books/eBooks

About Books

You will use a variety of scholarly books for your research. As George Fox students, you have access to our library collections as well as print materials from our partners in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit Service).  When something isn't available via George Fox or Summit libraries, we can usually locate materials at libraries around North America via the library's Interlibrary Loan Service. More information can be found on the library's website.

You can find and request most books, including 450,000+ library eBooks, via Primo, the library's discovery system. To search Primo, visit the library's homepage and type your search in the search box at the center of the webpage. You can view these eBooks anywhere you have wifi or download them to your personal devices. Detailed instructions for accessing and using eBooks are available on the library website!

Print books can also be requested via Primo. Our print collection is located at the Murdock Library in Newberg. If you request a GFU book by 1 p.m., it will be delivered to Portland Center Library for you to pick up that same day by 3 p.m. (Monday-Friday). You can pick them up at Portland Center or select Home Delivery (if you live 30+ miles from campus), to have them mailed to you. We cover the cost to mail them, you cover return postage. Be sure to send them back on or before their due date, and use Media Mail for the lowest rate! If you have questions about your loans, email

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Immerse Yourself in the Books

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Read and interact with the books you find. Think about the ideas introduced and how they relate to other sources.

How to Find & Request Physical GFU Library Items: 1 min. 25 sec.

Find Physical Items in GFU Libraries

Find Print Books and Other Physical Items in the GFU Libraries 

To search for GFU print books, videos, and other physical items:

  • Add your search terms and click the go button to run the search

The initial Primo search returns physical items along with online materials.

To limit to physical items from GFU libraries, such as print books, DVDs and print journalslook at the left side of the search results under the Availability heading and click the link "Physical Items in GFU Libraries"

Next, narrow by Resource Type such as print books from the left sidebar by clicking the link to Print Books, DVD Videos, Journals, etc. 

A Primo Advanced Search allows for more nuanced searching, and limiting by material type, language, and more.

Circulation Period: GFU books circulate to students for a four-week period, with up to two renewals. Most DVDs check out for one week.

Find & Access GFU E-books

 E-books and other online materials in Primo are immediately available to GFU students and staff. 

To find GFU e-books:

  • Using the dropdown menu in the search box, change the search from Everything to GFU 
  • Add your search terms and click the go button to run the search


On the Primo search results page look to the left under the Resource Type heading

Choose the eBooks link to limit results to ebooks only


  • Click the title or title link for information about the book
  • Click the Online access link to access the ebook
  • Sign in if prompted

Another option is to search for GFU e-books from the Primo Advanced Search page. Add your search terms, set Material Type: eBooks, Search Scope: GFU and click the Search button.

Visit our Library E-books page with info on major GFU Library e-book vendors - In addition, use the links to guides on the page to learn how to use our two largest vendors of ebooks, ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCOhost, for downloading, printing, note taking and more. ‚Äč