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WR122: Using Primo Library Search to Find Books and More

Primo Library Search

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

Finding Books on the Shelf (Call Numbers)

  • 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.

Information About Ebooks

Chemeketa's library search has many electronic books.  For information about accessing and using e-books, please see About E-Books.

Using Primo Library Search

This short video will show you how to use Primo Library Search to discover books and articles in print and full text online at Chemeketa and many other libraries.

Yancey, Theresa. "How to Use Primo Library Search." Youtube, Chemeketa Community College,  7 December 2017, https://youtu.be/r0n2LeEGIfY

Summit

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.

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.