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Textbook Lending Library and Course Reserves: Textbook Requesting

College Life (CL), Class Sets (PC TERM) and TRIO books located at the Salem Campus are available for requesting by all current students.  

Important information to know:

  • Lending Library Requests for Summer 2024 begin: Thursday, June 6th, 2024 (in person, or by mail with a fee of $8.00)
  • Lending Library Requests for Spring 2024 end: Friday, May 10th, 2024
  • Lending Library Pickup: (bring your student ID: digital or physical)
    • Materials can be picked up in person at Salem Campus, Yamhill Valley Campus, Polk Center, or the Woodburn Public Library.
    • Allow 1 business day for processing if picking up at the Salem Campus and 4-5 business days to arrive at other locations.
  • Materials can be mailed to you for a fee.
    • The shipping and handling fee is $8.00
    •  Items are mailed Media Rate and can take 7-10 days to arrive.
    • A hold will be placed on your student account for this charge.  Once payment has been made, Business Services will remove the hold and contact the library to apply the payment.
    • Mailed items will be shipped to the address that you have on file with the College.
    • If you need to change your address go to MyChemeketa (you can review and update your address under Personal Information).  
    • The address updates overnight in the College system.  You will need to wait until the next day for the Library system to update in order  to submit your hold request
  • You must be registered for classes for the term you are requesting books for
  • Login to request items using your MyChemeketa credentials
  • Search and request in the Library Search Box below or at

Before You Search

  • Find out what textbooks you need for your course and section on the Bookstore site
    • A video on that page tells you how to use the Bookstore search
  • The library has some, but not all textbooks
  • Use the instructions below to search for and request books from the library

Still have questions? Use this form to ask the librarians.

Using the Primo Library Search


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
  • College Lending items have numbers with the prefix “CL” and are requestable by all students
  • TRIO item have numbers with the prefix "TRIO" and are requestable starting the second week of the term
  • Yamhill Valley Campus items have numbers with the prefix "PCY" and are available to all students

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. 











Click the Request Chemeketa item link.

hold form showing pickup location dropdown menu

Pick your delivery location from the dropdown menu. Delivery to standard pickup locations is free. Home delivery by mail is available for an $8 fee. If you need to change your home address, do that first in My Chemeketa and wait a day before requesting. (Click Personal Information on the home page.)

Click the Request button to finish your request.

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
  • Phone Reference at 503.399.5231
  • 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.