Workshop on “History & Art of the Western Book”

The George Fox library invites you to The History & Art of the Western Book, a workshop led by Isaiah Cox, an antiquarian book collector.

Isaiah Cox

The workshop will discuss the development of the book from the 15th to the 21st century, and will include real examples from across seven centuries.

Topics will include:

  • medieval manuscripts and the role of Christian monasteries and scribes in the dissemination of information
  • Renaissance era ecclesiastical manuscript production
  • the introduction of the printing press and early books
  • craftsmanship of binding
  • and more

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to examine manuscripts and books.  

The workshop, which is open to all students and employees, is at 7:00 p.m. on April 20, 2017 in the Murdock Learning Resource Center’s study rooms 101 – 103.

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LibQUAL Survey Gift Card Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 LibQUAL Library Survey!

Library faculty and staff will be reviewing responses and written comments in the coming months.  We appreciate our patrons’ willingness to offer feedback on library collections, services and spaces.

Gift Card Winners

Congratulations to the following Amazon card winners, whose names were randomly drawn from all who took the survey and entered their email address.

$50 Gift Card:

  • Nathaniel Klump

$25 Gift Cards:

    • Darryl Brown
    • Mary Kate Harmon
    • Mason Koch
    • Katy Lines
    • Katie Miller
    • Jair Reitsma
    • Jamie Spalding
    • Jake Thiessen
    • Jessica VanWinkle
    • Wade Wilson
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Watch Performances of Shakespeare’s Plays Recorded Live in the Globe Theatre

Globe on Screen



Be sure to check out George Fox Libraries’ newest database, Globe on Screen from Drama Online.

This offering provides easy access to world-class performances of William Shakespeare’s plays recorded live at the Globe Theatre in London.  Simply click on a play title to launch a high-quality streaming video.

The collection currently consists of 20 plays, including:


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Library Book Sale — Hurry In!

MLRC New Books Shelf

MLRC New Books Shelf

The MLRC maintains an ongoing book sale on shelves just outside the multipurpose/group study rooms (101-103) on the main floor. 

Hard cover books are typically $1.00 and paperback 50 cents, although at times book prices may be reduced.

Please stop by and browse — there are some great finds to be had!


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St. John’s Bible Again on Display at the MLRC

George Fox Library is again blessed with the privilege of displaying a volume of the beautiful and acclaimed Saint John’s Bible (SJB).  The internationally renowned work is one of just 299 editions the first Benedictine-illuminated Bible in 500 years – The Heritage Edition.

Last year we had Volume 6: The Gospels and Acts.  For the next few months the first volume of the seven-volume set, the Pentateuch, will reside on the main campus at the MLRC.

A member of the Biblical Studies faculty will be on hand each Friday afternoon at 4:00pm for a “turning of the page” session during which they will provide information and answer questions.


Prof. Emeritus Howard Macy showing the Pentateuch














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Browse New Publications in Your Discipline


With the increased presence of ebooks in academic libraries, many still enjoy the simple pleasure of browsing through shelves of publications recently added to the collection.

To make it easier to browse new titles regardless of where you are we’ve created New Acquisitions webpages for every major academic discipline at Fox.

Pages show the books, ebooks and media items selected by library and teaching faculty purchased in the past academic year.


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Improved WorldCat Interface Makes ILL Easier

Did you know that you can access materials way beyond what you find at GFU & Summit libraries in Primo?
worldcat-disc-searchA significantly cleaner and more user-friendly interface is now available for WorldCat, the massive library search system with records from thousands of library collections in the U. S. and Canada.

It’s recommended that you search for physical materials George Fox Primo first, as you’ll get items much faster if Fox or one of our Summit partners has it available.

However, WorldCat is a great source for locating print books and media that are difficult to find.  As the name suggests, it is very broad in scope, both in terms of geography and subject area coverage.

You can request WorldCat materials through the Library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service.  Submit requests from within the WorldCat record, or by manually completing the web form at



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acl-conf-logoLast week George Fox hosted the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) a professional association made up of evangelical library professionals from across the U.S. and abroad.

Over 150 attendees enjoyed a full week of workshops, presentations, community worship, shared meals, prayer walks, games and sightseeing.

This was the first group to use the university’s new Canyon Commons facility, which was
lauded both for its aesthetic beauty and its functionality.

Post-conference feedback has been very positive, with some veteran members ranking it among the best ACL conferences ever.

Here’s a Facebook post from ACL president Frank Quinn:


Big thanks to our colleagues in Event Services, Bon Appétit, Plant Services and all others around campus who worked hard serving our guests!

Check out photos from the conference, as well as this video made by an attendee:




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Love at the Library

Perhaps it’s due to spending time in the presence of great romantic novels and collections of love poetry.  Or the elegant new fireplace and sitting area on the main floor.  Or could it be the influence of chocolates from the candy jar behind the Circulation Desk?

Whatever the cause, love occasionally blossoms among student workers at the MLRC.  And once in a very great while, that love grows so strong and deep that it leads to something permanent, something profoundly holy and beautiful.  It leads to a couple making a commitment to share the rest of lives together as husband and wife.


Christopher Parks proposing to Sara Boettcher

On Sunday afternoon March 6th, former student worker Christopher Parks returned to the MLRC and proposed marriage to current student worker Sara Boettcher.  He did it on bended knee, in front of the fireplace, with a single red rose in hand.  Old school, and timelessly stylish.

Please join the GFU Libraries in offering Christopher and Sara our very best wishes  for a life together filled with deep joy.

May God richly bless the happy couple!



She said yes — and likes the ring!

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Dancing in the Stacks

Some people hold the misconception that George Fox Libraries are filled with dusty books and staffed by a bunch of stuffy shushers.

Not the case!  Sometimes we like to take off our horn-rimmed glasses and get down.

Check out these recent dance promos in the MLRC:

The Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard

80s Dance Promo from George Fox ASC on Vimeo.

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