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Search our database site, PRIMO, to find physical books, e-books, journal articles, and more.

Most required textbooks are available at the library’s reserve shelf at our main desk.

Your MU ID card is your library card, please have it with you when you check out any book.

Come find your favorite table, couch, or desk.

Picture ID is required for guests to get a temporary login for workstations and MU Guest WiFi. Please visit us at the front desk for access.

A copy machine/printer is located on the main floor of the library. Prints/Copies vary in price depending on paper size and color vs. black & white. Free scanning is also available. Please check at the front desk of the library for more information.

Current Multnomah students, faculty, and staff may borrow physical library resources at no charge using a current Multnomah ID card. Free reciprocal borrowing is available for current students, faculty, and staff at OPALL Consortium Libraries (Corban University, Mt. Angel Abbey, Northwest Christian University, and Western Seminary, and participating Atla institutions with a current MU ID.

• MU graduates may activate their free, lifetime library card at the library.

• Alumni who did not graduate may also purchase a lifetime library card for $10 from the library.

• All other public patrons may purchase an annual $25 library card.

Library materials can be renewed as long as the item is not overdue, does not have a hold on it, or has not reached its renewal limit. Multnomah users may renew by logging into ‘My Account’ in Primo. If you want to renew an interlibrary loan item, please contact MU library staff, and renewal will be requested. Non-Multnomah patrons may renew in person or by calling the circulation desk at (503) 251-5322.

Reserve items are assigned by Multnomah professors and are shelved at the circulation desk. Please request by title. Check out time is two hours with one possible renewal, unless another patron requests the item. Reserve materials may leave the library unless otherwise noted. Overnight check out is allowed 30 minutes before the library closes.

Overdue items accrue fines as follows: $0.25 per item per day for regular circulation items, $1 per video per day, and $1 an hour for reserve materials. Please pay at the library front desk with cash, check, or card. For lost or irreparably damaged library resources, library patrons are responsible for the replacement cost plus a $15 processing fee. Failure to pay fines and fees may result in the loss of borrowing privileges

Multnomah University respects the rights of creators of original works of authorship and expects administration, faculty, students, and staff to comply with U.S. Copyright Law protecting such works. In keeping with copyright’s purpose and our mission to prepare Christian leaders for the church, community, and the world, copyrighted materials are lawfully distributed at Multnomah University in order to support learning and advance knowledge creation.
If you are a faculty member or student with questions about how to use copyrighted material in scholarship or teaching, please consult the Multnomah University Copyright Guide or the Atla Copyright and Fair Use Guide.

Questions or complaints regarding Multnomah University’s use of copyrighted materials may be sent to copyright@multnomah.edu.

Library Information

Research Help

Contact Suzanne Smith, MU’s Research Librarian, at ssmith@multnomah.edu 
or (503) 251-5317.

Location
Mitchell Library is located at 8435 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220. The library is accessible by wheelchair via the west entrance.

Library Collections
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PRIMO

Search all MU library resources

Primo is our main discovery tool and allows you to search for physical books, e-books, journal articles, and more.

Research Databases

Browse here for the specific database you need for your research. Multnomah University login is required. To discover this digital content and the Library’s physical collection in one platform, please search Primo. Questions? Send our research librarian an email!

AAS Historical Periodicals Collection

The American Antiquarian Society’s complete collection documenting American life from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction (1684 to 1912).

Academic OneFile (Gale)

Scholarly, full-text articles across the academic disciplines, with extensive coverage in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.

Academic Search Premier

Full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles across academic disciplines.

Agricola

Journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

It contains 1000+ monographs on consumer drug information.

Alt HealthWatch

Full-text articles covering complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

APA PsycINFO

Discover citations and abstracts for journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations in behavioral science and mental health.

Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials

Combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with Atla’s full-text collection major religion and theology journals.

Business Source Premier

Full-text articles for more than 2,300 journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, and economics.

Computer Source

Find the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost)

6,400+ titles covering all fields

EBSCOhost (all collections)

Scholarly, full-text, and popular articles, book reviews, essays in multiple databases covering all academic disciplines.

EJS

Full-text, physical articles from 72 journals. Click ‘browse journals’ to view coverage.

ERIC

Education literature and research in journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.

Fuente Académica

Scholarly, full-text journals from Latin America, Portugal, and Spain, covering agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Search 25,000 encyclopedia articles on a variety of topics.

Health Source – Consumer Edition

Covers the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health in 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition 

Scholarly full-text journals focusing on nursing, allied health, and other medical disciplines.

Humanities E-Books

Full-text access to 4,700 e-books of major importance to the humanities.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collection

Full-text access to Arts & Sciences II and Life Sciences Collections and all JSTOR citations.
Note: Pop-up blockers must be disabled and cookies must be enabled in order to access JSTOR.

Legal Collection

Search 250 of the world’s most respected, scholarly law journals.

Literary Reference Center

Full-text plot summaries, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, author interviews, and classic novels.

MasterFile Premier

Search virtually every subject area of general interest in periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, and image collection.

MEDLINE

Search authoritative biomedical journals covering nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more.

Military and Government Collection

It offers articles pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

MLA International Bibliography

Definitive resource for the scholarly study of language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film, spanning journal articles, books, articles in books, series, translations, scholarly editions, websites, and dissertations.

Open Access Digital Theological Library

Find high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio, and links to reliable websites.

ProQuest Ebook Central

Search 150,000+ scholarly e-books in all major disciplines.

Reference eBooks (Gale)

Full-text access to encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Find summaries of scholarly articles from biblical studies, religion, and theology journals, representing Christian, Jewish, and other World religions, from 1958 to the present.

Science Magazine

Find peer-reviewed, original scientific research articles and reports, science and research news in the world’s leading, general scientific journal.

Theological Commons

Access open access resources on theology and religion, including books, journals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscripts, and other formats dating from 975 C.E. to the present.

Theological E-books

Access a shared collection of e-books in biblical, pastoral, and theological studies. MU login required.

U.S. History in Context (Gale)

Covering the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History, this resource combines reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to reliable websites.

Interlibrary Loan

In partnership with other libraries, and as a part of our commitment to support MU programs and our community, we provide access to resource sharing through the Interlibrary Loan service. This allows current Multnomah University students, faculty, and staff to order articles and books not available in our physical or digital collections.

Please allow 2-7 days for article delivery and 7-10 days for hardcopy books.

Note to Distance Students: At this time, book interlibrary loan is only available to Portland-area students, faculty, and staff. If you live outside Portland and need books, please log in to My MU to see our Distance Student Borrowing Guide.

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ATLA Ebook Lending Project

The Atla E-Book Lending Project allows current Multnomah University students, faculty, and staff to access a growing collection of e-books from a variety of theological publishers. Resources are available for two-week checkout and limited to two books. To view titles in this shared collection, it is necessary to use theologicalebooks.org. All other MU e-book collections may be searched via Primo. To get started, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Download a supported e-book reader

Step 2: Register for an Adobe ID

Register at accounts.adobe.com. This will authorize your reader app(s) and enable you to use e-books on multiple devices

Step 3: Start searching

  • Go to theologicalebooks.org
  • Do a keyword, title, author search
  • Click Borrow to check out
  • Log in with your MU username and password