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Using the Primo Library Search: Find Books & More
How to find books and other materials; how to request materials from other libraries; searching tips
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.
Reading a Library Search Book Result
Printed books that say "Available" under the description will show a location in the library and a call number. Most of the books that can be checked out are in the General Collection, at the far end of the library. The call number is shown in parentheses after the library location. Use the call number to find the item on the shelf.
Electronic books say "Online access" or "Full text available" under the description. "Online access" is a link that will take you directly to the book. "Full text available" will take you to a link that you can follow to read the book.
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.
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).
When the item arrives at the library, we will email you at your college email to ask your preferred mailing address.
If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
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
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.
Information About Ebooks
Chemeketa's library search has many electronic books. For information about accessing and using e-books, please see About E-Books.
Primo Library Search
Library Search - Find books, articles, media, & more