Summit: Offering 22 million items from throughout the Northwest

Darci Chapman writes from the Eugene Oregon Daily Emerald:
‘The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium with 27 member libraries throughout the Northwest. Summit combines the catalogues of these libraries over the Web for students to search for and borrow items that are unavailable at their campus libraries. The Summit catalogue provides access to twice as many items than the University offered with access only to the Orbis catalogue.
The books usually arrive within two or three days after students order them, Helmer said. Students can access the unique collections owned by each library, which account for more than half of the items available in the catalogue.’

This is a great boon to distance students such as myself who may have access to a nearby academic library but not to the campus library of the institution they’re attending.

Here’s the full article and here’s the Summit home page — more information is available through their Help and General Information pages (the latter is somewhat outdated but still useful). And finally, here’s a list of the Member Institutions.”