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EDUCATION Subject Guide: Books

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Text Instruction on How to Find Books in Primo

Click on the Login (for full search results) link and use your Banner credentials.   

Seach box

Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH link. Type a few unique keywords from your list into the search boxes. For example, try Vygotsky and hit enter

Advanced search link


On the results page, use the drop down menu next to the SPU Library+Summit verbiage to look for items just in the SPU library.

  • Refine your results
  • On the right, under Refine my results, you can modify the search options.
  • Click on any title that has the green text Available at to find more information about the item. Make sure you write down the call number.
  • If an item is available online, there will be green verbiage (Online access) that indicates this. Click on the title to find the online link to the eBook.

‚ÄčTo request a book from a Summit school, indicated by orange verbiage that says, Check holdings below the title of the book, click on the hyperlinked title.


Click on the Place Summit request (about 5 days) link.

Click on the Request link.

You will receive an email from when you items arrives in the SPU library. You can pick the item up at the Front Desk.

Curriculum Collection - puppets, games, and toys

To search for items in the Curriculum Collection, located on the third floor of the library:

  • On the main University page at, click on the Library hyperlink at the top of the page.
  • Click on the Login (for full search results) link.
  • Sign in with your Banner information.
  • Click on the Advanced Search hyperlink.
  • Select "SPU Library" from the "Search Scope" drop down menu.
  • Type a few specific keywords into the first search box. For example, try game, or doll, or puppet, or toy.
  • Click on the green "Search" button.
  • On the right, under "Refine my results," click on the Curriculum Collection hyperlink under "Physical Location." 
  • Any item that has green verbiage that says "Available at..." is on the shelf on the 3rd floor of the library
  • Write down the call number.


VIDEO Finding Books Using Primo, the Library's Search Engine @ 6 minutes

Learning Outcomes: by the end of this screencast, you will know how to:

  • use Primo, the library's search engine, to find books
  • how to refine your results in Primo
  • request books from the Summit catalog, consortium of colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest

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