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Last Updated: Sep 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I login to the new system?

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Why are we changing to a new library catalog?

This change is part of a major cooperative effort on behalf of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) to consolidate all 37 Summit institutions’ holdings into one single, shared library system. By sharing one system, we'll improve the research experience for our students and faculty and better manage all of our resources.

Can I still access the same materials?

Yes, the same materials are still available to you, including books, articles, and more from the collections of the Reed Library, Summit libraries, and other libraries worldwide.

What do the colored dots next to my results mean?

These color-coded indicators let you know at a glance the availability of an item.  In general they denote the following:

  • Green – Available to you immediately either through electronic access or as a physical item on the shelf at the noted location.

  • Yellow – Held by at least one Summit library.  Follow the link on the ‘Get It’ tab to get more info on the item and submit a Summit or interlibrary loan request.  

  • Grey – For books and other physical items, this indicates that Reed’s copy is currently unavailable. On the Get It tab, you can place a hold on our copy or submit a request via Summit or interlibrary loan.  The grey dot next to an article means that it isn’t available in full-text. Use the ‘Get it’ tab request these through interlibrary loan. 

How do I place a Summit request?

Items with the yellow dot are held in Summit. Follow the link on the ‘Get It’ tab to get more info on the item and submit a Summit request.

How do I place an ILL request?

Interlibrary Loan requests are placed through your ILL account as normal.

Why should I log in?

Services are customized and access expanded based on your Reed affiliation. You will use your Reed username and password. If you don’t have one, you can access the catalog as a guest.

Can I still view my library account?

Yes, you can still view your library account online. Use the ‘My Account’ link in the upper right corner to see all of your checked-out items, due dates, holds and renewal options.

Can I still access WorldCat Local?

No, WorldCat Local is no longer available.

Can I still access the Reed-only catalog?

The Reed-only catalog is no longer available, but you can use the drop down menu to the right of the catalog search box to limit your search to ‘Reed Library Only.’  

Will the new catalog work on my mobile device?

Yes, the new catalog’s mobile interface allows you to search the entire collection directly from your mobile device.

Does the new catalog work with citation management tools?

Yes, you can export results to various tools, including EndNote and Zotero, although things may work a little differently than in WorldCat.

I have feedback on the catalog. Who can I talk to?

We're committed to providing the same excellent service throughout the implementation, so please feel free to contact your librarian with any questions you have.  We’ve also created a quick and easy feedback form for you to share your comments and concerns.


Reed College | Phone: 503-771-1112 | Fax: 503-777-7769 | 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199


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