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​Requesting Library Materials

This guide will help you learn to request library materials from the UO Libraries and beyond.

What is a Summit Request?

Sometimes when you use LibrarySearch you find an item you want that is not owned by the University of Oregon Libraries. In these cases you may have the option to place a Summit Request. When you place a Summit Request, UO asks another library to lend the item to us. If your request is approved the item usually arrives in less than 5 days and can be picked up at the UO library of your choice. Getting an item through Summit is free for UO students, faculty, and staff. Below is detailed information about how to place a request in Summit.

Use Library Search

Do your search in the UO catalog using LibrarySearch and open the record for the item you want. For more information on performing a search, visit the UO LibrarySearch Help Guide.
As shown in the image below, if the item you want is not available at UO, you will get a message that says "Your search did not match any physical resource in the library."  If you see the words "Summit Libraries" you can place a request to get the item through Summit.

Screenshot of LibrarySearch catalog record that shows "Summit" and "Your search did not match any physical resource in the library."

Are you logged in?

Make sure you a are logged in. If you are not logged in, you will see "Guest" and the option to "Sign in" in the upper right corner of the LibrarySearch results list, as well as a link to log in within the body of the item's record (see the image below). If you are logged in you will see your name in the upper right corner, rather than the word "Guest."

Screenshot showing that if you are not logged in you will see "Guest" and "Sign in" in the upper right-hand corner and "UO Libraries users sign in" in the middle of the page.

Place Summit request

Step 3: Click the link "Place Summit request (about 5 days)." Once you are logged in you will see your name in the upper right-hand corner and you will have the option to place a Summit request (see image below).

Screenshot showing that when you are logged in the screen will have your name in the upper right-hand corner, and an option for "Place Summit Request" in the body of the catalog record.

Delivery location

Pick the library location you want the item delivered to. You can choose any of library in the UO system that is most convenient for you (see image).

Screenshot of selecting the library pick up location for Summit requests.

You only need to put information in the "Volume" field if the item you are selecting has multiple volumes.

Complete request

Click the orange "Request" button to complete your Summit request. You will get a notice that your request has been placed (see image).

Screenshot showing that the Summit request has been placed.

Pick up your item

Pick up your request. When the item you requested through Summit is available, you will get an email from UO Library stating that it is ready for pick up and where you can pick it up.