Current Clark students, staff and faculty can request items from the Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries, and worldwide libraries via Interlibrary Loan. Orbis Cascade/Summit visitors may request items from Clark College Libraries and Summit. Community borrowers may only request items from Clark College Libraries.

When items arrive, patrons will be notified by e-mail. The official Clark College e-mail address is used for students, staff, and faculty. If community borrowers do not have e-mail, then they will be contacted by telephone or postal mail.

Items not picked up by specified date will be returned to the lending library. Most items are held for 7 days, but some are only held for 3 days.

When the library is closed, patrons may arrange pick up by calling 360-992-2151 for Cannell Library, or 360-992-6137 for the Information Commons @ Columbia Tech Center. You can check the status of your requests in My Account, which can be accessed from the Clark College Libraries homepage.

How to Request Clark Items

  1. Search for item in the Library Catalog
  2. Click on "Get It"
  3. Click "Sign in for more options"
  4. Log in with your username and password
  5. Click "Request at Clark"
  6. Choose your pick up location, i.e. Cannell Library
  7. Click orange "Request at Clark" button
  8. Or call 360-992-2151 with item information if the Library Catalog is unavailable or if you need help


Summit is a program of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 38 member colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. You can search the combined library catalogs of all the member libraries within the Clark College Library Catalog (choose "Clark + Summit Libraries" in the drop-down box) to request books, DVDs, videotapes, sound recordings, government documents and more.

Most Summit items arrive within 3-5 business days.

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.

More information about Summit borrowing is available here:

How to Request Summit Items

  1. Search for item in the Library Catalog using drop-down menu option "Clark + Summit Libraries"
  2. Click on "Get It"
  3. Click "Sign in for more options"
  4. Log in with your username and password
  5. Click "Request item (about 5 days)"
  6. Click blue "Request Summit item" button
  7. Select "Clark College" from drop-down menu and click "Continue"
  8. Log in with your username and password click "Continue"
  9. Enter your Clark email address and click "Continue"
  10. Or call 360-992-2151 with item information if the Library Catalog is unavailable or if you need help

Current students, faculty, or staff are able to request items and pick them up in person from any Orbis Cascade Alliance member library. You must sign up as an adopted patron at that library first. Some institutions also require a wait period before borrowing is allowed, so it is best to call ahead and confirm the process. You will need to log in to your Clark College Libraries account online and have a valid picture ID when you arrive at that library. When making a request, select the location you are visiting and use the ID number specified by that institution.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan is a service that enables our library to borrow materials -- usually books and articles -- from other organizations throughout the world. Through this service, Clark Libraries assists the scholarly research of Clark College's students, faculty and staff. Use ILL when the item you need is not available at Clark Libraries or through the Summit program.

How to Request Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Items | ILL Policy

Always try to find the item yourself first. If it's not available, fill out the ILL form using one of these options:  Electronic Interlibrary Loan Form | ILL Paper Form

The electronic form is also available through the "Find It" buttons in the library's periodicals databases.

First, try to find the item yourself. Ask a Librarian for assistance. Here are some strategies to search on  your own:

  • For articles:
    • Review Print Periodicals or E-Periodicals to determine if the article is available in print, microform, or electronically.
    • Search Google Scholar. Look for free articles.
  • For books:
    • Check Summit (see "Summit" section above).
    • Check the local Fort Vancouver Regional Library System (FVRL) catalog to see if the item is located nearby. FVRL patrons can place a hold on most items using your FVRL library card.

After you are certain you can't find the item any other way, submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

In order to use the form you will need:

  • a valid Clark email address (, or
  • Clark College ID number: This is most likely your 9-digit number that starts with 940 (unless a different ID number was assigned to you).
  • complete and accurate citation information for item(s), including author, titles, date, etc. A librarian, available at Ask a Librarian can help you find this key information.

General tips:

  • Once you open the form, don't navigate away from the page.
  • The library processes 5 requests per day per requester.
  • Follow instructions on the form to complete your request

How to submit the Electronic Interlibrary Loan Request Form:

  1. Go to the Electronic Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  2. Enter your name and Clark ID number. Click Submit.
  3. Review your personal information. Enter missing information and update incorrect information. Click Submit.
  4. You will be redirected to a new page, where you will be able to choose the type of request you would like to make (Article or Book Request).
  5. Fill in the Request form and again click "Submit".
  6. You will again be redirected to a new page, and may make additional requests or return to the library home page.

Video bookings

Faculty may schedule videos to show in class. See For Faculty & Staff for more information.

Explore other libraries

If none of the options above meet your needs, consider these other local libraries.

Fort Vancouver
Regional Library (FVRL)
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Multnomah County