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CCRLS Bridge: Requesting items from CCRLS Public Libraries

How to use the CCRLS Bridge to request books or other items from the public libraries in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service

The CCRLS Bridge: What Does It Do?

The CCRLS Bridge makes it possible for Chemeketa patrons to request CCRLS public library books without using a public library barcode. CCRLS stands for Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service.

Frequently Asked Questions about Accessing Public Library Resources with Chemeketa ID

Q: 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 and request public items, however, by changing "Primo Search" to "CCRLS Public Libraries" in the dropdown menu on the Primo library search page.

Detail of Primo search page with CCRLS Public Libraries shown in dropdown menu

Q: 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 or Yamhill  campuses, or at Chemeketa's Polk Center. You must be logged into the Primo Library search with your Chemeketa user name and password.

Q: 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.

Here's how to do it with Chemeketa credentials:

picture of record for a book with Check Holdings (Access may be restricted) link

Click on the Check Holdings link to show more information.

picture of CCRLS Bridge Request link

To request, follow the link that says, "CCRLS Bridge Request." You will not see the CCRLS Bridge link unless you are logged in.

This will open another window and display the results of a search in the CCRLS Bridge. If you do not see results, click Simple Search and type in the title of the item again. (See below)

This happens because sometimes the Bridge can't interpret what our Primo search sends. Look for the Simple Search link at the top of the page and do a keyword search for your item.

Picture of CCRLS Bridge screen with "no results" message

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.

ccrls bridge screen showing book information with pickup location menu

If a copy of your item is requestable you will see a pulldown menu to select your pickup location. For most items, "volume needed" may 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 you selected. You can check it out on your student ID.

Q: How will I know when my item arrives?

A: You will receive an e-mail in your My Chemeketa Google mail account.

Q: The item I want is at  "OSL" but  it says "Not Requestable."

A: The Oregon State Library shares a server with CCRLS, but its materials are not directly requestable through the system.  There is a link, however, to an interlibrary loan request form you can fill out.

Q: What about electronic items?

A: Electronic materials in the public libraries do not display in the CCRLS Bridge.  State Library electronic items do, however. Although there's no way to request a loan of an electronic item, you can try using Google or the web site to find a copy you can access.

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

For more information about CCRLS libraries visit: About CCRLS.

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