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Faculty have access to multitudes of physical and electronic items for check out including locally held physical and electronical items, items from other libraries either remotely or in person through Orbus Cascade Alliance's Summit reciprocal borrowing program, as well as materials outside that library system through InterLibrary Loan.  For a general list of tutorials covering a wide range of services and policies, please see the main Information for Faculty page.

Borrowing Items locally owned by Lemieux Library

  • Faculty are allowed to check out a maximum limit of 300 items total at a time.  A complete list of the library's material for check out and loan times can be found on the Library's Borrowing Policy page.
  • Faculty can place holds on items. For instructions on how to place holds on materials please see the library's main tutorials page. 

Borrowing from Summit

What is Summit Borrowing?

Seattle University is a member of the Pacific Northwest Academic Libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance's Summit program which allows faculty to access and check out materials either through the library catalog or in person borrowing. For specifics of Summit borrowing policies please see the Library's Borrowing Policies page.

Request for local pick up:

  • Faculty can request materials be shipped to SU for pickup and check out at the Lemieux Library Circulation desk. For a tutorial of how to request materials, please see the Borrowing from Summit tutorial page

In-person Pickup or Visiting Summit Patron Program:

  • Faculty are allowed in person check out privileges at any of the Orbis Cascade Alliance schools.  A full list for these schools can be found here.
  • To activate your account, you will need to:
    • Go in person to the Summit school library's circulation desk of your choice with your Seattle University ID
    • The school will have you verify your school affiliation and expiration date by having you log into your library account. To log into your library account please visit the How to access your library account page
    • The specific library you visit will give you additional instructions such as how to renew items and check the status of your library account.

Questions? Contact Access Services ( or Resource Sharing/Summit (

Borrowing from Inter-Library Loan

If you are unable to find an item through the Lemieux Library or Summit, you may then want to try InterLibrary Loan, via SU Illiad. SU Illiad is an efficient and robust software module used for tracking and processing your InterLibrary Loan (ILL) requests. More information is available on the SU Interlibrary Loan Guide.

To request items please see the Library's tutorial on Requesting Materials from ILL 

The full Interlibrary Loan borrowing guide is available here.

Jesuit Passport Program

Jesuit Library Passport provides on-site borrowing privileges for faculty at any Jesuit University Library in the United States.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is a national voluntary service organization whose mission is to serve its member institutions: the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Though each institution is separately chartered by the state and is legally autonomous under its own board of trustees, the 28 schools are bonded together by a common heritage, vision and purpose, and engage in a number of collaborative projects. To further the sharing of information and research resources in support of faculty research, AJCU Libraries will provide direct reciprocal borrowing privileges to AJCU faculty of member institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

For information or to start you process in obtain lending privileges through the Jesuit passport program, please contact the Library Circulation Desk at (206) 296-6233 or email Aaron Morgan, Manager Access Services

Procedures & Policies

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), Direct Reciprocal Library Borrowing Agreement for AJCU Faculty

Registration of borrowers
  • AJCU faculty requesting direct borrowing privileges must obtain the AJCU Direct Reciprocal Library Borrowers form at the Circulation Desk at the home library.
  • The patron must present the AJCU Borrowers Form and an institutional photo ID card at the Circulation Desk of the lending library.
  • The lending library will, upon presentation of a properly completed AJCU Direct Borrowers Form and photo ID card, register the faculty for borrowing privileges.
  • The lending library will establish a specific end date for privileges.
  • The lending library will provide a library card and information regarding library policies and loan periods.
  • The lending library may refuse to renew a patron's borrowing privileges if there are outstanding fines or books on the patron's record.
Overdue Notification and Replacement of Lost Books
  • The lending library will send overdue notices and bills to borrower.
  • The lending library determines the replacement cost of materials.
  • The lending library will not charge any overdue fines to the home library.
  • If the lending library declares a book lost and they cannot obtain the reimbursement from the borrower, the home library will be responsible for paying to replace the material, including the processing fee.
  • On March 1, the lending library will give the home library a list of borrowers who have long overdue materials outstanding.
  • On May 1, the lending library will give the home library a list of borrowers who have long overdue materials outstanding and a bill for replacement.
  • Upon receipt of payment from the home library, the lending library will remove the replacement and processing fees from the borrower's record. It is left to the discretion of the lending library to remove or keep the associated fines active on the borrower's record.

AJCU Libraries agree to extend direct, reciprocal, in-person borrowing privileges to AJCU faculty from member colleges and universities. Each home library will establish eligibility for direct borrowing privileges. The lending library determines specific privileges; including the maximum number of checkouts and the specific ending date for borrowing privileges. Borrowers under this program are subject to the regulations and loan periods established by the lending library.

Each institution agrees:
  • to provide addresses and other necessary information on direct borrowers of the lending library to allow for proper enforcement of the lending regulations.
  • to be responsible for reimbursing the lending libraries for items determined to be lost.
  • to cumulate a final annual notification of any outstanding obligations for the preceding calendar year by March 1, Cumulated obligations will be declared permanent on June 1.
These privileges will:
  • be valid no later than the expiration date indicated on the AJCU Direct Borrowers Form
  • provide direct borrowing privileges only for AJCU faculty
  • Please see this Map of the United States Jesuit Institutions on the AJCU website for a complete list of participating libraries.