Library Collections

Physical items in the George Fox Library are organized into distinct groups called collections. Materials within each collection are organized by the Library of Congress call number. For selection criteria, please see our collection development policies.

Almost all of our journals and the vast majority of our books are electronic (accessible through the Library Search, Primo). All physical items are located in the Murdock Library in Newberg. 

Library Collections

Library shelves full of books

Main Stacks

Murdock Second Floor

This collection, mainly monographs, supports the curriculum and research needs of George Fox University.

Racks filled with magazines

Current Periodicals

Murdock Main Floor by Fireplace

Here, you’ll find the latest issues of several popular journals, intended for casual reading.

Library shelves filled with magazines


Murdock Basement

This is the location for journals and magazines published on a regular basis; includes bound volumes and loose issues in a variety of subjects.

Library shelves with tables and chairs

Juvenile Collections

Murdock Basement

This is home to fiction and nonfiction materials for elementary and middle-grade readers with an emphasis on Youth Media Award winners, diverse voices, and science nonfiction. This collection includes juvenile and easy juvenile books, as well as picture books in French and Spanish.

Library shelves filled with bound dissertations


Murdock Second Floor

Printed dissertations by graduates of George Fox doctoral programs.

View theses and dissertations online in the Digital Commons
Library shelves filled with CDs

Audio CDs & DVDs

Murdock Second Floor

Special Collections & Archives

The George Fox University and Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church Archives seeks to collect, preserve, and manage materials that pertain to the history and activities of the University and its schools, departments, programs, and offices, as well as records documenting the NWYM, including churches, governing bodies, boards, commissions, and outreach organizations.

Our physical collections are mostly documents and photographs. We also have a growing collections of materials that are digitized, audio-visual, or born-digital. Learn more about the Archives.

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Herbert Hoover

Special Collections Room | Murdock Second Floor

Here you’ll find materials about the university’s most famous alumnus. It includes approximately 150 books in print, plus several dozen photos, letters, and other artifacts in the Digital Commons.

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Special Collections Room | Murdock Second Floor

Explore books from diverse viewpoints on this Quaker distinctive. Find additional materials in the Digital Commons.

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Special Collections Room | Murdock Second Floor

The largest collection of Quaker publications in the western United States is housed here. Browse our online catalog for:

Find digital resources related to this collection in the Digital Commons.

Other Quaker collections:

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The Saint John’s Bible

The Saint John’s Bible: The Heritage Edition (the Heritage Edition) is a fine, sacred art reproduction of all 73 books of the hand-scribed, illuminated Word of God, in the New Revised Standard Version. It was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University.

Donald Jackson, master calligrapher and artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible and The Saint John’s Bible: Heritage Edition, led the international team of calligraphers and artists in the work, which was completed in the tradition of the Benedictine monks. George Fox University, as steward of set 73 of the 299 Heritage Bible sets, provides patrons with access to the resource, which is valuable for education and research. Due to the unique nature of this resource, we require advance notice for access. Find the St. John’s Bible Request Form here.

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Special Collections Room | Murdock Second Floor

Small-circulation, self-published periodicals on a wide variety of topics including Pacific Northwest regional history, social movements, literature, art and design, Christianity, faith and religious thought.

Digital Commons @ George Fox University

The Digital Commons is an online platform providing access to the scholarly output of the university community, including faculty, students, staff and Friends throughout the history of the institution.

Digital Commons