Summit is a network of 39 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest who have partnered together to provide free, rapid borrowing to students, staff, and faculty at member institutions. You can search and request books or other materials that do not belong to UW, but are available elsewhere within this community of libraries. This is especially helpful if a book or resource is unavailable at UW or if UW does not own an item.
Summit items typically take 3-5 business days to arrive. The checkout period is set by the lending library. These items can be checked out for either six days or six weeks, but are not renewable.
UW Libraries Search automatically searches Summit for the item you are looking for. If you see an item in UW Libraries Search that says Check Request Options - held by Summit libraries, it means that you may be able to borrow it through Summit.
You can also request a book through Summit using the Interlibrary Loan website
Summit Borrowing draws from a more limited number of institutions but is faster than ILL when resources are available. However, certain formats cannot be borrowed through Summit, like e-books, microforms and photocopies of articles.