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WRI 1100: Webb: Find Books

Where's the book?

The SPU Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System to organize books.

Learn more:

several books showing Library of Congress call numbers on spines

How do I find & use an E-book?

Find books in SPU Primo

The library catalog is the best place to search for books you can borrow from SPU and Summit libraries.

Step 1: In the online catalog search box, type a few unique keywords. SPU Library + Summit will search all libraries from whom you may borrow resources quickly.  For example, try human trafficking. Click Search.

Other ideas for search terms may be:

  • trafficking in persons
  • human smuggling




Step 2: Use the options at the left to refine your search or view the Details for a book to see what subjects have been assigned and to search further with those.

Step 3: Look for the call number of a book that looks helpful. If it is an eBook, you can read it on your computer or mobile device (not on Kindles).  Make sure the catalog record indicates that SPU owns the book and that it is available (a.k.a. "Available/Item in Place").  Write down the entire call number. Retrieve book from the shelf in the library.

Step 4: If you'd like, check out the book using your SPU ID card at the library's Circulation Desk.

Borrow books/videos through Summit

SPU Primo book entitled Embracing the boy: finding God in our flesh and boneTo request books and media unavailable from the SPU library through Summit (3-5 business days),

  • Search for the item you need using the default search of SPU Library + Summit 
  • Click on Get It and Sign In to your account
  • Select Place Summit request (about 5 days) 
  • Verify that at least one copy is available from an affliliated library by clicking the Summit Libraries (# of copies) option and then choose Request.
  • The item will be sent to our Circulation desk for you to pick up.  You'll receive an email when it arrives.


map showing locations of all Orbis Cascasde Alliance libraries in Pacific Northwest



You may visit an affiliated library in person to check out materials.  

You'll need to bring your SPU ID card with you and know how to sign into your library account (with your SPU username and password).  If you are visiting UW, first visit the Cashier in Suzzalo during normal business hours.

Learn more about Summit borrowing.