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WR121 - Academic Composition

A guide to doing research for WR121 at Chemeketa Community College

What is Primo Library Search?

Primo Library Search is a Chemeketa Community College library database used to find books, articles, and media in online and physical formats.  It is the only library database that searches for print books, magazines and DVDs in the library's collection.  It also finds materials in Summit libraries

If you wanted to check out a copy of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, you would use Primo Library Search to determine if Chemeketa Community College library owns a copy.  If you wanted the March 2020 issue of Sports Illustrated, you would use Primo Library Search to determine if the library subscribes to Sports Illustrated and if so, whether or not the March 2020 issue is available to checkout.

Primo Library Search also searches for articles, books and media available in electronic formats in most of the other databases Chemeketa subscribes to. 

Primo Library Search

Library Search - Find books, ebooks, articles, media, & more

Using Primo Library Search

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

Yancey, Theresa. "How to Use Primo Library Search." Youtube, Chemeketa Community College,  7 December 2017,


Summit is the system used to request books and other items from 37 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You must be logged into the Primo library search to see Summit links.

Requesting from Summit

​​​​​Image of Primo library search result for a book with Check Holdings option




Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings is a potential Summit Plus physical item request.

  1. Click the Check holdings link.
  2. The Request from Summit Plus link will display if there is at least one copy in a Summit library. (Remember, you won't see it if you're not logged in.)
  3. Click the link to start a request.
  4. Summit will automatically check to see if there is a requestable copy
  5. You will have to choose your home library (Salem or Yamhill campus, Polk Center, or Woodburn Public Library). When the item arrives at the library, we will email you at your college email to inform you.
  6.  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
  7. Click the Request button.

      You can check on your your request in your Library Account

Summit request form

Renewing in Summit

You can renew your Summit book by signing into your library account in Primo or from the Library Account button on the library home page. Note: If the item has been requested by a user of the library that has lent it, renewal will be blocked.