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Textbook Lending Library and Course Reserves: How to Search and Request Reserve Textbooks

During the COVID-19 closure you can still get college lending library textbooks. Starting on Monday, March 30, you can use the search box and directions below to find your book and request it.  We'll send you the book by mail.

College Life (CL) and TRIO books are available for requesting.

Important information to know:

  • Lending Library Requests begin: Monday, March 30, 2020 (not in person)
  • Lending Library Pickup: Materials will be mailed to the address you provide. Be sure to include your entire address including city, state, and zip code
  • Requests are not limited to one course per day
  • You must be registered for Spring Term 2020 to submit a request
  • Login to request items using your MyChemeketa credentials
  • Search for Lending Library items in the Library Search Box below or at

Using the Primo Library Search

Library Search - Find your textbooks on reserve


You can search by course number or by title.

Searching by course number

  • Type in the course number with no spaces, e.g., MTH111, and Enter
  • A list of items will appear
  • TRIO and College Lending items are requestable
  • College Lending items have numbers with the prefix “CL.”
  • TRIO item have numbers with the prefix "TRIO."

book in primo result list, showing call number in the "available at" message

  • There can be multiple locations; the “CL” location may not show on the results page; click the “Available at” message to see all the locations
  • In some cases, there may be multiple sections of a course using different texts, so you may want to check the textbook search at to be sure of the title, author, and edition


When you find your item click the Sign In link and use your regular Chemeketa student login  to see the Request link.

You won't see the Request link until you click on the CL or TRIO line in the record. 

full details screen of book showing CL and TRIO collections lines

Click the Request link and type in your address on the form.  Check to make sure it's correct!

Ignore "Pickup location." Click the Request Chemeketa Item button

The screen will show a confirmation message if there are any copies available for requesting.

Searching by Key Words

Try to search by distinctive words that will combine to find your item, for example:

     mathematics Silbey
     Introduction algebra

Getting Reference Help

  • E-mail a Question to Reference
  • Chat reference: Use the widget below or use the accessible chat form
  • 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.