Have you ever borrowed a book through Summit? If all our copies of an item are checked out, you may still be able to request it. As a member of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance (SUMMIT), our students, staff, and faculty have access to nine million titles from thirty-seven universities and colleges in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. These non-SPU owned resources are integrated with our own collection in the WorldCat catalog, which can be searched via our library’s homepage. Upon request, the items are processed by their owning libraries, shipped to our institution in a matter of days, and picked up at the library circulation desk.
Here are a few tips on ensuring a simple Summit request:
- When you find an item, check the catalog to see whether or not SPU owns it. If the record shows that we have a copy, the Summit request will not be successful and you will receive an email indicating that your request has been canceled.
- If the record shows that we do not own a copy of the item, expand the holdings for all Summit libraries and check the availability. If all copies are checked out or unavailable, the request will not be successful.
- If there is at least one copy of the item available, click on the “Request Summit Item” button. Be prepared with your name, student identification, and university affiliation.
- Using the dropdown menu, state if you need a specific edition or add a note to the request if there is one volume of a multi-volume series that is desired.
Summit is a large, evolving system that revolves around many institutions, so at times you may still receive cancellation notices even if you have followed the process correctly. But following these easy steps can make your requests more successful and seamless.
Steve Perisho, Theology and Philosophy Librarian, and curator of the Library’s Emmanuel Room, talks about a rare find in the Wesleyan, Wesleyan Holiness, and Free Methodist Collection and recounts the history surrounding this unique item. Lee Staman did the initial research into the Senkler family.
When the thirty-five-year-old Anglican priest John Wesley, six months or so after having felt his heart “strangely warmed”, “began more narrowly to inquire into . . . the doctrine of the Church of England” , he turned to the Edwardian Book of homilies, and before the year was out had published a twelve-page condensation of three of them entitled The doctrine of salvation, faith, and good works (1738) . This “went through [twenty] editions in his lifetime and was a staple . . . [of] Methodist instruction.” “The book which, next to the Holy Scripture, was of the greatest use to [the earliest ‘Methodists’] in settling their judgment as to the grand point of justification by faith,” he noted (looking back almost fifty years later in 1787), “was the Book of Homilies.”
The SPU library owns eBooks through a variety of vendors and consortial agreements. They are located in our catalog and can be searched for in the same way you search for print items. While you are searching for materials for your next paper, you may find the book you want is an eBook. If that is the case, here are a few helpful pointers (and images that you can enlarge by clicking on them) to equip you to easily access eBooks.
How can you tell whether or not an item is an eBook in the catalog?
- Underneath the title and author information, you should see the word “eBook” and an icon of a book with an orange “e” on it.
- At the bottom left in the record listing, you may see the same orange “e” icon and a link to “View Now” which should take you to the book.
How do you access an eBook?
- An eBook record listing must say Seattle Pacific University in the “Libraries that own this item” field in order to be accessed by our patrons. eBooks that say they are owned by “Summit” or “WorldCat” are not available to SPU students online. It may be possible to request the item in print format. Click on the “Editions and formats” link to determine whether this is an option.
- You can access an eBook owned by SPU by selecting the “View Now” icon on the search results page, or, if that icon does not appear, click on the record.
- You should be able to find the item in the “Find a Copy Online” section using the list of links found under “Seattle Pacific University Library” or “Other Libraries.”
You may need to log in using your SPU credentials regardless of whether you are on or off campus. If the eBook is part of our Orbis Cascade Alliance shared resources, you may also need to select your institution and select a loan period between 1-7 days to download the item to your computer.
We have a plentiful selection of eBooks in every subject area, so do not hesitate to take advantage of these resources. If you know you want to search our catalog specifically for eBooks, try narrowing the search by using the filter bar on the left side of the screen
Want to catch up on your reading list of works by and about African Americans in honor of Black History month? Drop by the SPU library and take a look at the book display adjacent to the Circulation Desk to preview some of our relevant items.
Book display organized by Stephanie Rubesh, Access Services
New books you might want to add to your list of must-reads include:
I have a dream, by Martin Luther King, Jr.; Kadir Nelson
An illustrated edition of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
Life upon these shores : looking at African American history, 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates
African American involvement in American history, society, politics, and culture.
Unspoken : a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
A wordless picture book.
For more items, including ebooks, owned by our library and related to African American literature, culture, and history, click here to view a WorldCat list.
The SPU library has many unique collections featured throughout the building. Though some collection may have restrictions, knowing who to contact can make items in these areas more available to you. Here are a few specialized collections the library carries:
- Northwest Regional Collection—Located on the second level of the library, along the wall next to the end room. The NW Regional books are secured behind a glass display case next to Seminar Room B. These are books about the Pacific Northwest, and a number of them are published by Ye Galleon Press in Eastern Washington. To view the books located in this collection, see this list. Most are available to be checked out for a normal four week period. Ask at the circulation desk to retrieve requested books.
- Emmanuel Room Collection—Located on the second level of the library, at the end of the Administrative offices hallway. The Samuel J. Emmanuel Room houses the Wesleyan, Wesleyan Holiness, and Free Methodist Collection. Materials must be used in the room and may not leave the library except as approved by the Special Collections librarian. Contact Steve Perisho, Theology Librarian, to arrange access to the books in this room.
- Work and Faith Collection—Located in the Graduate/Faculty Study Room on the third level of the library. These books relate to ministry in daily life, particularly focusing on faith and vocations. All patrons are welcome to enter Graduate/Faculty Study Room to retrieve items from the Work and Faith Collection. The items in this collection can be checked out for a normal four week period. To view the items in this collection, see this list. If you have any additional questions about this collection, contact Cindy Strong, Business Librarian.
- Archival Collection—Located on the lower level, in the far right corner of the building. The items in this collection document the rich history of Seattle Pacific University. Artifacts and papers of significance are stored in this secure repository, and can be accessed through appointment by contacting the University Archivist, Adrienne Meier. For more information regarding items in this collection, see this list.
To learn more about the unique collections featured in this article as well as additional collections found within our library, visit the Library Collections page on the website.