Q. What is Summit and how do I use it?

How do I find & request books in the Summit system?


The Summit system is the catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance member institutions. This includes nearly 40 academic university, college, and community college libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest and makes available 28 million books, sound recordings, videos, and more to Orbis Cascade Alliance member faculty and students.

To request something from the Summit system:

  • Visit the library home page and sign-in using the 'sign in for best results' link.Then enter the title of the book in the Research Central search box. By default Research Central will search for items owned by WWU Libraries & Summit. If you do not have a specific title and wish to find books on a particular topic such as adoption simply enter a keyword or two that will help to define your topic (say 'adoption AND United States' as an example). Once you have entered your search terms select Search.
  • When you look down through the result list, a yellow dot with 'check availability' in the record typically means an item is available in the Summit system and may be requested. Select 'Availability and request options' for the link to request an item via Summit. You may also view only Summit items in Research Central by changing the 'WWU Libraries & Summit' dropdown to say 'Summit (NW Libraries)' instead.

Currently Summit items are only available for pickup at our College Place Peterson Memorial Library (PML) and Portland, OR locations.

  • Last Updated Jul 06, 2017
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  • Answered By Christy Scott

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