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Introduction to Library Resources: Print Resources

Using Library Search

This short video will show you how to use Library Search to discover books and articles in print and full text online at Chemeketa and many other libraries.

Requesting Books from Other Libraries

Summit is the system used to request books and other items from 38 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You must be logged into the library search to see Summit links.

picture of arrowTip: Use all lowercase letters for your My Chemeketa login name.

picture of library search screen showing summit request link

  • Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings and has a yellow dot is a potential Summit request.
  • Click the Get It tab.
  • The Request Summit item link will display if there is at least one copy on the shelf in a Summit library.
  • Click the link to start a request.
  •  You will have to choose a pickup location (Salem or Yamhill campus).
  •  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.

Please note that an item that is on the shelf is not always requestable. Check your My Chemeketa e-mail for news about your request.

Accessing Public Library Resources

Picture of CCRLS public library search page

Do the public libraries in Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service use the same online system as Chemeketa Community College?

No. The CCRLS public libraries use a different system for their catalog. You can see public items, however, by choosing the CCRLS Public Libraries scope from the dropdown in the Chemeketa library search.picture of dropdown menu in library search showing CCRLS Public Libraries option

Can I still have items sent from the public library to a Chemeketa campus library?

Yes! Items requested from CCRLS public libraries can be picked up at Chemeketa Salem (CCC) or Yamhill (YVC) campuses.

How can students access public library resources?

There are two ways.  By requesting as a Chemeketa student/employee, or by using a CCRLS public library card.

With Chemeketa credentials:

picture of library search screen showing CCRLS request link

Request in the CCRLS Public Libraries scope by clicking Get It tab under your item and following the link that says, "CCRLS Bridge Request."

This will open another window and display the results of a search in the CCRLS Bridge.










Click on the desired title in the CCRLS Bridge results to see full information about the item and requestability.

This will open a new page.

picture of ccrls bridge screen showing request menu and list of books with requestability information

If a copy of your item is requestable you will see a pulldown menu to select your pickup location. For most items, "volume needed" amy be left blank. You can use that space if you are requesting an item with parts, or an issue of a magazine.

Your item will be sent to the library of the Chemeketa campus you selected. You can check it out on your ID card.

With a CCRLS public library card:

  • Have a CCRLS public library card? Great!  You can use this card to check out and request public library items.
  • Don’t have one? Go to your local CCRLS public library (within Marion, Polk or Yamhill counties) with proof of residency (utility bill, electric bill, etc.) to apply for one.
  • Live outside of the city limits? Take your Chemeketa Student ID and proof of class registration (for example, a schedule printed out from My Chemeketa) to your local CCRLS public library to receive a 25 item access library card. This card must be renewed every term.

Request in the CCRLS Public Libraries scope by clicking the Details tab and following the "Request this item using a CCRLS Public Library card" link. picture of ccrls public library card request linkOn the screen that opens, click the Place Hold button and enter your public library card barcode number and PIN.

How can I get more information about the Public Library system and service?

For more information about CCRLS libraries visit: About CCRLS.

Interlibrary Loan Requests

What if a book isn't available through Summit or CCRLS?  The library offers interlibrary loan services to Chemeketa students and employees. For more information go to Interlibrary Loan Information

Get Reference Help

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Telephone 503.399.5231

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Library Search

Use this search box to find library materials on your subject.


Finding Books on the Shelf

  • Our library uses the Dewey Decimal System to arrange books on the shelves 
  • Each book is assigned a decimal number that represents its subject 
  • There can be many books with the same decimal number

Picture of call number label

  • A second part of the call number is used to arrange books that have the same decimal number
  • Typically that line represents the author's name
  • Books shelved in special areas of the library have a tag that represents the area at the top of the call number 

In the example pictured, after locating the Reference shelves of the library, read the decimal number first, then the next line.  This call number represents a dictionary of English rhymes by an author named  Upton.

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