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Quick Introduction to Library Resources: Print Resources

Using the Primo 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.

Library Search

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

Requesting Books from Other Libraries, Part 1

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.

picture of a book title in the result list with a check holdings link

  • Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings is a potential Summit request.
  • Click the Check holdings link.
  • The Request Sumit Item 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.)
  • Click the link to start a request.
  • Summit will automatically check to see if there is a requestable copy
  • You will have to choose your home library (Salem or Yamhill campus, Polk Center, or Woodburn Public Library).
  • Type in your full mailing address and check for correctness
  •  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
  • Click the Request button.

      You can check on your your request in your Library Account

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Requesting from Other Libraries, Part 2

You can request items from public libraries in our area by using the CCRLS Bridge in our Primo Library Search. A full explanation of how to use it is available

Requesting from Other Libraries - 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

Getting Reference Help

  • E-mail a Question to Reference
  • Chat reference: Please use the form below
  • We recommend that you include an e-mail address so that you can receive a transcript of your chat and so the library can send you any followup help.

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.