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Services and resources available to current Willamette faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summit and/or the Orbis Cascade Alliance?

  • The Orbis Cascade Alliance (commonly referred to as Summit) is a consortium of over 37 academic institutions in the Northwest; members include the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Reed College, University of Washington, and Whitman College just to name a few. Through automated borrowing, Willamette students, faculty and staff may borrow materials directly from member libraries. Currently, this service is available primarily for books and government documents; some libraries allow short-term loans for audiovisual materials and bound journals. The loan period for books and government documents is six weeks and for audiovisual materials, it is 6 days; there are no renewals available.

I am looking for this book and it appears to be checked out...can you tell me who has it? 

  • The library does not reveal the borrowing records of our users. The American Library Association’s (ALA) policy on the confidentiality of library records requires that librarians “protect each user’s right to privacy with respect to information sought or received and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired.”  In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and ALA's policy on the confidentiality of library and student records, Hatfield Library staff protects the confidentiality of borrowers by not releasing the name of a borrower of a particular book or other material.

Is there any way that the students in my senior seminar can borrow books for longer than the regular six-week check out?

  • Willamette seniors automatically have a semester-long checkout period...this does not include Summit or Interlibrary Loan items).  For more information, ask at the Circulation Desk.

I am interested in your video and sound recording collections...what can you tell me about them? 

  • The library's collection of films is intended to support and enrich the curriculum and represent many periods, genres, and countries in an effort to document the history of film. Videos are located on the first floor of the library.  Audiovisual rooms and equipment are available, including an international VCR and DVD player.  You can locate these films in the library's catalog; search for a particular title just like you would a book.  The library also has some collections of films available online such as BBC Shakespeare Plays and Academic Videos Online (AVON), made available through the Orbis Cascade Alliance. 
  • The library's sound recording collection includes primarily classical music, jazz, and world music.  Recordings are included in our catalog, are located on the second floor, and organized by record labels such as SONYCLAS for Sony Classical.  CD players are available in the audiovisual rooms.  Also, the library provides access to streaming music (Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music and Jazz Music Library) that you can access on your office computers!

How do I find out what items I currently have checked out?

  • Clicking on Library Account from the library's homepage will allow you to access your personal library record to find out what you have checked-out, see if you have any overdue materials, check the status of your latest Summit or ILL request, renew items once online, etc.

How do I go about reserving a display area?

  • There are two display cases on the second floor that are available for small exhibits.  If you have ideas for possible exhibits or are looking for a place to exhibit student work, please contact us!

I need to photocopy this article but I don't have any money with me?

  • Departmental charges can be arranged; ask at the Circulation Desk for more information.  The library has a variety of equipment available to our users.  Besides many computers on both floors and networked printers, the library also has scanners, photocopiers, and microform readers/printers. 

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