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Using the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) Borrowing System

As Linfield College students you may borrow books from Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries, through Summit, an online catalog representing the holdings of the academic library members in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You will be searching Summit when you use Linfield Search. When you request a Summit book from the catalog, you will be using the Summit borrowing system. If you live near or use any of the libraries, you can pick up and drop off your books at that library. For example, if you live in Stayton and attend Linfield classes in Salem, you can request books online that are available in the Summit catalog, request them through the system, and pick them up at the Willamette University library.

NOTE: Summit loans are for 6 weeks with NO renewals.

Here is what you need to do to use Summit to request books and other items. 

Check the information in your Linfield Libraries circulation account for accuracy.

  1. Go to the “My Library Account” link on the Linfield Libraries homepage.  Click on "Sign in" link at top right of page.  Log in with your CatNet ID and password.
  2. Click on Personal Settings link.  Check to be sure the information is correct.  If your information needs to be updated, contact the DCE office (800-452-4176) so they can update Linfield's main database.

If you pick up your books at Linfield’s McMinnville or Portland campuses or request them DCE via mail, you do not need to do anything else.

Check the map for Summit libraries in your area. If you want to pick up your Summit items at another Summit library:

  1. You will need a Linfield photo ID card.  If you do not have a Linfield ID card with a library barcode, contact the DCE office (800-452-4176) and ask them how to get one.
  2. Go to the circulation desk at that library and register as a Summit borrower at that institution.  You should also ask to be put in their circulation system as a local borrower, so you can check out books directly from that library, as well as pick up Summit books there. 
  3. When you request an item from Summit, you will say you are affiliated with the school at which you will pick up your item (the school where you registered).
  4. You will be notified by e-mail when the item has arrived and you can go to that institution to pick it up.
  5. At any time you may request books from Summit and have them mailed to you DCE via mail.  Select Linfield as your institution so you can select DCE via mail as your Pick up location.  You may still drop them off at any Summit library.

To borrow a book held by a Summit library through the Summit catalog:

1. Search Linfield Search.

2. When you have found a book or other item to request from a Summit library, click on Request Summit Item.


IF YOU DO NOT LIVE near an Orbis Cascade Alliance library or you want your Summit items mailed to your home:

3. Because you are affiliated with Linfield College for your Summit borrowing, select Linfield College and click on continue. Login with your CatNet ID and password and click Submit.

4. Choose your DCE via mail or your pick up location.

5. You may use any e-mail address for this request. It does not have to be your Linfield address. Click Submit.

6. The item you request will arrive at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library on the McMinnville campus or at the Portland Campus library in 3-5 days. If you are picking them up, you will receive an e-mail that your book is ready for pickup. If you have requested DCE via mail, we will ship them within 48 hours to your mailing address by first class mail. However, it is quicker to use a local Orbis Cascade Alliance library if you live near one.

 


IF YOU DO LIVE near an Orbis Cascade Alliance library
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3. If you have registered to be a Summit borrower at this library, select that library's name from the list of  institutions and login according to that library's instructions.

4. Select a pick up location at your Summit library.

5. You may use any e-mail address for this request. It does not have to be your Linfield address. Click Submit.

6. The book you request will arrive at your Summit library in 3-5 days.  You will be notified by e-mail when the item has arrived and you can go to that institution to pick it up.

7. At any time you may request books from Summit and have them mailed to you DCE via mail.  Select Linfield College and click continue. Login with your CatNet ID and password and click Submit.  You may still drop them off at any Summit library.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance expands our horizons considerably, but since we are using books from other institutions, it is important to return them on time. There will be fines for late and lost books.

If you need to mail the books back to the McMinnville campus, remember to allow time for mailing or you can drop the books off either at the McMinnville campus (there is a drop box in front of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library) or the Portland campus.  You may also drop off Summit items at any Orbis Cascade Alliance library.

If you have further questions about Summit borrowing or need assistance accessing Linfield Libraries homepage, please contact Carol McCulley, The Distance Learning Librarian, at 1-800-452-4176 or 503-883-2595.

7/2013