New Summit: Bigger and better in 2008

Posted by Kristen Shuyler on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM PST

Big changes are in store for Summit (, the popular library system used by the Seattle University community to borrow books, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Currently, Summit provides access to over 28 million items from 35 college and university libraries throughout Oregon and Washington.  In fall 2008, the Seattle University library staff is working with other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance to upgrade and improve Summit.  When the project is completed in 2009, you’ll be able to identify over 107 million items from libraries around the world—with one easy search.

Summit services will continue without interruption until the upgrade is completed, but we do want to highlight a few things for you to be aware of during the transition:

  • Continue using Summit as you normally would to find and request materials you need from other libraries.
  • Beginning December 1, 2008 the new software and new user interface will replace the current version of Summit.
  • You’ll still be able to see what you have checked out but, in Summit’s initial phase of development, you will need to look in two places.  Library material from your home library will appear in your local catalog, while material from other libraries will appear in Summit.
  • Courier service between Orbis Cascade Alliance member libraries is not changing and will continue to be fast and reliable.
  • For a limited time, Summit loan periods will be expanded to 6 weeks with no renewals during the initial phase of the project.  We expect the capacity for renewing to be restored as soon as feasible.
  • Your patience and flexibility during this time of change are appreciated.  Libraries’ staff will be on a learning curve as the interface is tested, workflows change and we implement the new Summit.

We’re confident that you’ll appreciate the enhancements in store for this important service.  If you’d like more information about the new Summit, read the FAQ at or ask a library staff person.