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General Information:The Seattle University libraries are members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. This grants SU students, faculty, and staff access to patron-initiated borrowing of materials via the Summit catalog,which contains the holdings of all Orbis Cascade Alliance members - over 28 million items.
What is Summit Borrowing? Who is eligible to use Summit Borrowing?Summit borrowing is a Web-based service that allows current SU students, faculty and staff to request materials from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries by using the Summit catalog. The service is fast, easy to use and accessible at any time from the Library or your home or office.
What can I request through Summit Borrowing?All Orbis Cascade Alliance member libraries generally loan books through this service, and some member libraries may loan other types of materials, such as videos, DVDs and music CDs. Requests for journal articles and items unavailable via Summit Borrowing should be made through Interlibrary Loan.
How can I request Summit materials?Search the Summit catalog, and once you have identified an item that you want to borrow, simply follow the on-screen instructions, starting with "REQUEST THIS ITEM." The system will prompt you to select your library (Seattle University), and then you log in using your SU network username and password. Finally, if you are ordering from a multi-volume set, enter the volume number in the"Volume/Part number" field. If you would like to request multiple volumes, you must make a separate request for each volume.
How can I check the status of my request?You can check the status of your requests by clicking on "My Summit Account" in the upper right of the Summit home page and logging in. There you can view all of your current Summit requests.
How long can I check out Summit items?Summit books are loaned for six weeks or the end of the current term, whichever comes first. Media is loaned for six days or the end of the current term, whichever comes first.
Can I renew Summit Borrowing materials?Summit items cannot be renewed. You can see what items are currently checked out to you by logging into your library account.
Where can I pick up or return Summit Borrowing materials?When placing a request, you can choose to have your Summit item delivered to the Lemieux Library or the Law Library. Materials will be delivered for you to pick up at the circulation desk at the location you select, usually within 3-5 business days. You may return Summit materials to the circulation desk or drop box of the library you checked out the item from.
Are there any late fees for overdue Summit Borrowing materials?Late fees are 50 cents per item per day for the first ten days. After that, fees become $1.00 per item per day. The charge for a lost item is $75 plus a $15 processing fee for a total of $90 per item. In some cases lost Summit books may be replaced, pending approval from the owning library.
What about journal articles and materials I can't find in the Summit catalog?Requests for journal articles and scholarly items unavailable via Summit Borrowing may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan cannot be used to obtain course textbooks.