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Using Primo Library Search

How to find books and other materials; how to request materials from other libraries; searching tips

Frequently Asked Questions About Chemeketa's Primo Library Search

chemeketa logoWhat's in the library search?

You’ll find books, DVDs, and so on, but you’ll also find articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers, streaming videos, electronic images, and more. You can expand your search to include items the library doesn’t have, and you can request items from the Summit libraries (39 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho).

You can reach the Primo Library Search directly at

Do I have to log in to search?

Although you can opt to search as a guest without logging in, you won’t see the full range of options that are available to you, such as Summit requesting, unless you log in as a Chemeketa user.

What is my login?

Your login is your My Chemeketa/Single Sign-On username and password.

How can I check to see if my instructor has put textbooks or other materials on reserve?

Pull down the menu marked Primo Search in the search box & choose Course Reserves. Search by course number (e.g., ART201) or key words.detail of Primo page showing "Course Reserves" in Primo Search menu

Where's the table of contents and other descriptive information in the results?

Click the title of the item to see full information. You may need to scroll down to see everything.

Can I limit my search to just DVDs (or books, articles, etc.)?

After searching, choose your preferred Resource Type under Refine My Results in the column next to the results. Only the first five resource types show; click Show more to see the complete set.

How can I limit my search to printed books in Chemeketa's library?

Under Availability, click on Chemeketa Physical Items.

I'm off campus. How can I limit my search to online materials?

Under Availability, click on Full Text Online.

detail of Primo screen showing Availability areaCan I turn off or change my limits?

Any limits you choose will appear at the top of the Refine Results area in a bar marked "Active Filters". Click the "x" next to a limit to turn it off.

Can I find articles that Chemeketa doesn't have in my search?

Yes. Log into request them via Summit plus. This service is free.

Can I check my account and renew books online?

Yes. Log in at the top of the search page and click on My Account.

How do I check out Chemeketa materials?

Your Chemeketa Student ID allows item checkouts from the Salem or Yamhill campuses.

How do I request books from other libraries?

See the "Summit" box in the Find Books and More tab of this guide. If Summit does not have the item, use the interlibrary loan request form instead.