Find books on a topic

  • In the large search box on the library’s web page, type search terms in the search box.If you are just starting research on a topic, search "in any field" to get a broad range of results.

  • The search results show the availability and location of the book. Look at a library map or ask a library staff person for help finding the different locations.

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  • If the dot by the location is green, the book is on the shelf. If the dot is yellow, it is unavailable. See Put a hold on a book below for instructions to request a book that is checked out.
  • If the book is in the library, use the call number to locate the book.

Find a specific book

If you know the title or author of a book, use the drop-down menu on the left of the library search box to search those fields.

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Put a hold on a book

  • If a book is unavailable, click on Get It to see request options.
  • You may place a hold on Whitworth's copy, or you may request a copy from a Summit library.


Locate a book in the library

A call number is used to identify and locate materials in the library. Call numbers are organized by subject, so similar subjects will be found together on library shelves

  1. Find a book in the library catalog
  2. Write down the call number
  3. In the library, check out a map to see where books with different call numbers are located.
  4. Find the labels at the end of each row of books. These labels show which call numbers are in that row.
  5. Use the call number labels to find the book.

Borrow from Summit

  • As a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Whitworth faculty, staff, and students may request library materials from other participant libraries, or Summit libraries.
  • Search Summit libraries' catalogs from the search box.

  • Locate the book in the search results.
  • Below the title, click on "Get It."


  • Sign in using your Whitworth username and ID to request the book. An email will be sent out when the book arrives in the Whitworth Library.