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Requesting Materials From Other Libraries: Summit: What It Is & How To Use It

Summit is the system used by the libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance to share materials among its libraries.  The Alliance consists of 38 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Chemeketa employees and students enrolled for at least one credit can request items directly from our library search.  You must be logged in to see the Summit request link.


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 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 a pickup location (Salem or Yamhill campus, Polk Center, or Woodburn Public Library).
  •  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
  • Click the Request button.

summit request form showing pickup location menu

      Check your My Chemeketa e-mail for news about your request.

Visiting Another Summit Library in Person

You can become a visiting patron at any  library in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit)   see map and list. To be adopted by a Summit library, go to that library with a photo ID (University, College, or State Issued) , and be prepared to sign into your account on the Chemeketa Primo Library Search. Your login name and password are the same as for My Chemeketa. When the staff at the library have verified that you are a  qualified student or employee, they will issue you a credential you can use to request and to check out materials.

When you look for books or other items in that library's search, log in with your visiting patron credentials to see Request Summit item links in the Get it section of a library record.

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