Get Books: Borrow, Request, Return

Quick guide for Reed students, faculty, and staff. The library also offers services for Reed alumni and for other visitors. Questions? Ask us!

Do we have it at Reed?

All Reed Library books are searchable in the library catalog. This includes reserves books, ebooks, rare books, and Reed theses.

Find it

Search the Reed catalog from the library homepage or start a new search directly in the library catalog. Use the drop-down in the search box to limit to reserves books, or use filters to narrow your search results.

I found what I want. Now what?

Get it from the library stacks

Find the book on the shelves in the library, and bring it to the circulation desk to check out.

Request for library hold shelf pickup or mail delivery

Be sure to login! You won't have request options unless you're logged in.

Select "Reed Item Request", then select your preferred pickup location. You'll get an email when your requests are ready for pickup.

For mail delivery, select "Ship to - provide address in comment". Enter your mailing address in the comment field. We pay for outgoing shipping, and you are responsible for paying for return shipping.

screenshot of Reed request options 

Digitization request

Only need a chapter or a few pages? Make a digitization request! Please allow 4-5 business days. The library cannot scan an entire book or multiple chapters.

  1. Go to the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form and login with your Kerberos
  2. Select the most relevent option under "New Request" on the left.
  3. Fill out the form. The more information you provide, the easier it is to fill the request.
  4. You will get an email notice when your request is ready as a PDF.

Things to know

Reed books check out for 28 days for students, and longer for thesis students, faculty, and staff. If you return a book late or lose it, a fine will get charged to your account. Learn more about checkout length, recalls, overdue fines, and lost fees.

Special types of books

  • Reserves books check out for limited time because they're on reserve for a particular class. You can take reserves books out of the library. Bring the call number to the circulation desk to get a reserves book.
  • New books, theses, and oversize books check out for normal periods of time, but are shelved in special locations.
  • Rare books and Artists' books are part of Special Collections and Archives. Contact archives@reed.edu to learn how to access these books.
  • Reference books, zines, current journals, and bound journals are available to use in the library and can't be checked out.

Does a Summit library have it?

Summit is a borrowing service from a group of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest that agree to share books with each other. Search and request books from Summit libraries in the Reed library catalog.

Find it

Search the library catalog using the "Reed + Summit" or the "Reed + Summit + Articles" dropdowns.

screenshot of Reed catalog search with "Reed + Summit" and "Reed + Summit + Articles" dropdown circled.

I found what I want. Now what?

Request for library hold shelf pickup or mail delivery

Be sure to login! You won't have request options unless you're logged in.

Select "Summit Request", then select your preferred pickup location. You'll get an email when your requests are ready for pickup. It usually takes 3-5 business days.

For mail delivery, select "Ship to - provide address in comment". Enter your mailing address in the comment field. We pay for outgoing shipping, and you are responsible for paying for return shipping.

screenshot of summit request options

Things to know

Summit books check out for 6 weeks and media (CDs, LPs, DVDs) for 6 days. You cannot renew Summit books or media. If you return a book late or lose it, a fine will get charged to your account. Learn more about checkout length, recalls, overdue fines, and lost fees.

Does another library in the world have it? (Interlibrary Loan and more)

Request books from libraries anywhere in the world with Interlibrary Loan (ILL), free of charge.

Find it

Find books in WorldCat. If you already have a citation for a book, go to the next steps.

I found what I want. Now what?

Pickup from the library hold shelf or mail delivery
  1. Go to the Interlibrary Loan form and login with your Kerberos
  2. Select the most relevent option under "New Request" on the left.
  3. Fill out the form. The more information you provide, the easier it is to fill the request.
  4. Interlibrary Loan staff will contact you about preferred pickup locations or mail delivery. For mail delivery, we pay for outgoing shipping, and you are responsible for paying for return shipping.
  5. You will get an email notice when your request is ready.
Digitization request

Only need a chapter or a few pages? Make a digitization request! Follow the steps above, selecting "article" or "book chapter" in the New Request menu. You'll get an email when your request is ready as a PDF. It can take 4-5 business days, but could be shorter or longer. Libraries cannot scan an entire book or multiple chapters.

Things to know

The library that lends the book decides the checkout period and lost item replacement fees. Please return books on time! Other libraries might not lend to us if we're consistently late in returning books. Learn more about checkout length, recalls, overdue fines, and lost fees.

Check Multnomah County Library

The Multnomah County public library has books, ebooks, audio books, magazines, streaming video, and more. All Reed students and faculty can get a free library card. Extra public library perk: get free passes to the Portland Art Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, Rose City Rollers, and more! Check out our guide to Multnomah County Library.

I need it for longer: Renew it

Reed books

Reed books check out for 28 days for students, and longer for thesis students, faculty, and staff. Renew Reed books in your library account. Reserves books must be renewed in person.

screenshot of renewal options

Summit books

Renewals are not possible for Summit books. If you need a book for longer, request another copy while you have the current copy checked out.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items

The library that lends the book decides if they'll allow renewals or not. Make a renewal request in your Illiad account in "View > Checked Out Items / Renewals". Select the linked transaction number, then "Renew Request". Books that don't renew will often come with a paper attached that says "No Renewals".

I'm done: Return it

Return in person

Return books during library open hours near the circulation desk, just inside the inner library doors. Please return your reserves books here during open hours!

 library book return with arrow and label "book return"

Return books during library lobby open hours at the top of the stairs or ramp, to the right of the lobby elevator.

photo of the library lobby book return, circled with an arrow pointing toward the book return

Return by mail

Mail books back to the library at this address:

Reed Library Circulation
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

You are responsible for paying for return shipping costs. To avoid late fees, leave time for shipping. Books are due physically at the library by their due date.

I need it for my thesis

If we don't have something that you need for your thesis, the library might be able to buy it and check it out to you. Contact the subject librarian for your major with the title, author, ISBN, and any important details about your request.

If you need it immediately, request the book through Summit or Interlibrary Loan as well. Books can take some time to order and get into the library.

I need non-book materials

AV equipment, records, films, laptops, and chargers are available at the IMC.

Archival resources are available at Special Collections and Archives.

Audio equipment, recording equipment, laptops, and ipads are available at the PARC.