Summit FAQs

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What is Summit?

Summit is a program of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 38 member colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Using the Discover interface you can search the combined library catalogs of all the member libraries to search for and borrow books, DVDs, videotapes, sound recordings, government documents and more. Member libraries may loan bound journals, but not individual journal articles; request individual journal articles through Interlibrary Loan.

As a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Clark College is taking part in a program to acquire electronic books that will be accessible to, and jointly-owned by, all 38 member libraries. Selected titles will be recent publications available from a number of participating publishers. This effort builds on the Alliance's successful history of sharing northwest academic library resources and pursuing effective and economical ways to build our collections.

What libraries belong to Summit?

There are 38 member libraries. See the complete list at Orbis Cascade Alliance Member Institutions.

Who is eligible to use Summit Borrowing?.

Only current Clark College students (in credit classes), faculty, and staff members may request items.

When should I use Summit?

Use Summit when the item you need is not available at Cannell Library or the Information Commons @ CTC.

How do I request an item from Summit?

Search Discover like any other library catalog, including by keyword, title or author.

To place requests:

    1. Search for item in Discover catalog using drop-down menu option "Clark + Summit Libraries"
    2. Click on "Locations and Call #s"
    3. Click "Sign in for more options"
    4. Log in with your username and password
    5. Click "Place Summit request (about 5 days)
    6. Enter volume information, if necessary.
    7. Click the orange "Request" button.
    8. Or call 360-992-2151 with item information if Discover is unavailable or if you need help 

To request materials for pickup at another Orbis Cascade Alliance member library or to pick up materials owned by them you must first go to the library in person and sign up as an adopted patron. You will need to log in to your Clark College Library account online and have a valid picture ID. When making a request, you must select the location you are visiting in place of Clark College and use the ID number specified by that institution.

How long does it take to get an item from Summit?

Most Summit items arrive within 3-5 business days. Summit items are delivered directly to Cannell Library Monday through Friday, and items requested for pick up at the Information Commons @ CTC are subsequently dispatched Monday through Thursday by Clark College courier.

How can I check the status of my request?

This information is now incluede in My Account which can be accessed from the Clark College Libraries homepage.

How will I be notified?

Patrons will be notified by e-mail. Only the official Clark College e-mail address is used for students. If you do not have e-mail, then you will be contacted by telephone or postal mail.  Items not picked up by specified date must then be returned to the lending library. Most items are held for 7 days, but audiovisual items can only be held for 3 days.

How long can I keep a Summit item?

Most items check out for 6 weeks, with no renewal. Some items, such as DVDs, check out for 6 days, with no renewal. The loan period is set by the lending institution.

Where can I return a Summit item?

Summit items can be returned to any Orbis Cascade Alliance member library. Reminder: Return items with attached labels or straps.

What if I lose a Summit item or return it late?

Summit charges are significantly higher than those assessed for Clark College Library items and are not negotiable under consortia policy.  Replacement costs and fees total a minimum of $90. A $15 fine is charged for every late item that is billed. When an item on your account has been billed, all library borrowing (except in-library use of course reserve items for classes) will be blocked until the item is returned and the fine paid. Clark College registration, transcripts and paychecks will also be blocked until payment is made.