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Summit Borrowing at UW

We provide UW affiliated borrowers access to millions of titles from all over the Northwest. Learn more about the consortium of libraries that is responsible for the Summit shared catalog, the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

Tracking your Summit Requests

You can track your requests in Summit by accessing your Summit Account (select "University of Washington" from the pulldown menu and then login with your UWNetID). All items that you have requested through Summit will appear in this account. Once your requested Summit item has arrived at the UW Libraries, it will also appear in your UW Libraries account.

What should I do if my Summit request wasn't filled?

Request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - it generally takes 14 days for the item to arrive:

  • Log in with your UW NetID.
  • Select the "Borrow A Book" link and fill out the request form. Please include a note saying *SUMMIT FAILED* to ensure the success of your ILL request.

Typically, Summit requests fail because all copies in Summit libraries are either checked out or do not circulate.

Summit Visiting Patron Program

UW borrowers can visit other Summit libraries to check out materials. You will need to verify your status at the remote library by logging into your UW library account. Once a UW borrower is "adopted" in this manner by the remote, Alliance library you can use that library's materials.

The reverse is also true. Non-UW borrowers from other Alliance libraries can be "adopted" at the UW Libraries at Library Account Services. They will receive a purple borrower's card and a UW NetID with limited privileges. Once they have been adopted here they may check out UW-owned materials.


Additional information is available in our FAQ.