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Finding Full Text: SPU and Beyond: University of Washington

Use this guide to find out how to get the full text of desired books and articles.

Search Summit Libraries

The SPU Library is a member of The Orbis Cascade Alliance of college and university libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Students, faculty, and staff have access to more than 28 million items in the combined collections.

If you need a book that SPU does not hold, you can check to see if any local libraries have access to your item. If you have 5+ business days before you need your item, you can order it through the library. If you need your item immediately, you can visit the owning library and check out the item in person.

Where else can I go?

In addition to UW, SPU students can also borrow items from Seattle University.

University of Washington

If you need quick access to something the University of Washington holds, you can visit their library and borrow materials. Library staff will need to verify that you are a current student, faculty, or staff at a Summit library, and then they will enter a patron record for you into their own patron databases.

What you will need: You will need to bring your SPU ID card.


1)  Go to the Library Account Serives Office on the first floor of Suzzallo Library to set up your library account. This Office is open Monday - Friday from 9am- 5pm. 

2) Ask them to set up a Visiting Patron account. Provide them your current ID card. 

Note: They may need to call SPU to verify your patron status.

What do you have access to?

SPU students have basic access to library services at the University of Washington. BASIC access to library services includes:

  • the ability to check out library materials
  • use publicly-accessible computers
  • use wireless access

Finding a Book or Journal in the UW Library Catalog

1) Visit the University of Washington's Library page @

2) Enter the Book title or Journal title that you need. Click Search.

3) Choose the guest login option.

4) Limit your results to  Book or Journal/Magazine under Format.

5) If you are searching for a journal, look at the journal icon to determine if the journal is in print or online. 


Print Journals

  • Location and availability are found under "Find a copy in the library"

Electronic Journals

  • SPU students do not have access to UW's subscription databases. However, If you need access to an online journal that the University of Washington holds, you can access the journal by using one of UW's public access computers in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries.