Answered By: Mackenzie Pollock
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020     Views: 167

Please note: Summit requesting is no longer available at the Concordia University - Portland libraries. Please contact your local public library about requesting materials or email us at ask@cu-portland.libanswers.com for help locating full text sources on your research topic.


Concordia University is part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 38 libraries in the Pacific Northwest that share their collections using a program called Summit. Items requested through Summit will be delivered to the Concordia University Library for pick up, or can be checked-out at the owning library using our Visiting Summit Patron program. 

To make a Summit request, sign in to OneSearch, then click on "Check request options - Held by Summit libraries"

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Next, click on Request Summit copy (Portland campus pickup only). 

If you think you may want to pick up the item at the lending library, you can see which libraries own an item by clicking on the Show Summit Libraries button under the Get It box.

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To finalize your request, click on Request.

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When a request is made in OneSearch, the Summit system creates a list of libraries that own the book, called a rota. The first library in the rota receives the information they need to find the item in their library and send it to Concordia via our courier. You can track the status of your request by signing in to your OneSearch Account, then selecting My Requests from the drop-down menu next to your name in the upper right corner of the screen.

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This will open a list of your active requests. You can see what step of processing the item is in to the right of the item's title.

Image of interlibrary loan request in My Requests

What the statuses mean:

  • ILL Locate in process: OneSearch is locating a library that owns this item.
  • Request Sent to Partner: A Summit library is evaluating whether or not they can fill the request.
  • Shipped Physically: One of the Summit libraries has shipped it to us. It should take 1-2 days to arrive at Concordia via our courier.
  • Physically Received by Library: The item is ready to pick up at the front desk of the Concordia University Library. Note: We can only hold items for 7 days, so be sure to watch your email for notices that your requests have arrived.

NOTE: If for some reason an item is not available through Summit, the interlibrary loan specialist will evaluate whether or not it is possible to get it through Tipasa, and will email you with more information about your options.

Once you have checked out your Summit item, the book will be visible in your account under Loans. 

Image of current library loans in My Library Card

In this list, you can see what day the book is due back at Concordia University Library. Summit items are not renewable and must be returned by the due date. Almost all materials are due 6 weeks from the day they were checked out (DVDs and some other items are due after 6 days). If you need the item past the due date, you can request another copy through Summit. Be sure to watch your email for reminders about when your item is due.

What happens next?

After you have returned your book, it will disappear off of your library account. Assuming the book was in good condition and was returned by the due date, you don’t need to do anything further. Concordia University library will make sure your book is returned to the lending library, where it can be checked out by other patrons.

For further assistance, please contact the interlibrary loan specialist at library@cu-portland.edu

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