Consortia of 37 regional academic libraries who reciprocally share their book collections with one another
OHSU Faculty, Residents, Staff and Students:
You can request books from any Summit library using your library issued barcode:
Summit is not available to users who are not affiliated with OHSU. Please see your local library for services.
The OHSU Library is a member of Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in the Northwest. One of the major benefits of membership is access to patron-initiated borrowing of books via the union catalog, called “Summit,” 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 OHSU students, faculty and staff with current library barcodes to request books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries by going to WorldCat (aka "Libraries Worldwide") and changing the drop-down menu to "Summit Libraries". 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 loan generally circulating books through this service, and some member libraries may loan other types of materials, such as videos, DVD's and music CD’s. Requests for journal articles and items unavailable via Summit Borrowing can be obtained through ILL Express.
How can I request Orbis Cascade Alliance materials?
Search the OHSU catalog or Summit union catalog through WorldCat (limiting to Summit libraries). 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 for your last name, OHSU library barcode and institution. You can select any OHSU library for delivery. Summit will confirm your request and tell you what library the request has been routed to.
What about service for distance education students?
Distance education students who do not have a host campus library have a couple of options. Select the OHSU Distance Ed pickup option. Books will be mailed directly to students in the continental U.S. with a pre-paid return label.
How can I check the status of my request?
You can see what items are checked out to you by logging into your summit account at http://ohsulibrary.worldcat.org/. Click on the Your Library Records link at the upper right corner. Enter in your last name and OHSU library barcode.
Can I renew Summit Borrowing materials?
Currently, Summit items are checked out for six weeks with no renewals. You can see what items are checked out to you by logging into your summit account at http://ohsulibrary.worldcat.org/. Click on the Your Library Records link in the upper right corner. Enter in your last name and OHSU library barcode.
Where can I pick up or return Summit Borrowing materials?
Materials will be delivered for you to pick up at the circulation desk at the location you select, usually within 3-5 business days. Books are due back in six weeks and other selected materials such as videos in 6 days. Return Summit materials to any OHSU Library.
Are there any late fees for overdue Summit Borrowing materials?
Late fees are .50 cents per day. The charge for a lost item is $75 plus a $15 processing fee for a total of $90 per item.
What about journal articles and materials I can't find in the Summit catalog?
Requests for journal articles and items unavailable via Summit Borrowing can be obtained through ILL Express.