Finding, requesting, and renewing library materials

  • How do I know if a book or video is available through Summit?

    Books held by Saint Martins will have trext under the title specifying "Available at O'Grady Library" followed by the location and call number.  If a book instead says "Check holdings," it can be requested through Summit.  Clicking on the book title will bring you into the full record, where you can then click the "Place Summit request (about 5 days)" link to request the book.

  • How do I get a book from the Abbey Library?

    The Abbey's library collection can be searched directly in Saints search.  If you find a book that says "Available at Abbey Library," you can click the title to open the full record, and then click "Request item" to have it delivered to the O'Grady Library circulation desk.  

  • How do I request a book?

    You can request books from O'Grady library or from other participating Summit Institution libraries through Saints Search.  For an item owned by O'Grady Library, click on the title to open the full record, and then click the "Request Item" link.  For a book owned by other Summit libraries, click the "Place Summit Request (about 5 days)" link.

  • How many items can I check out?

    Saint Martin's faculty, students, staff, members of the monastic community, and Summit visiting patrons can have up to 200 items checked out to their library records.  

    Community patrons (monk card holders) may have up to five books checked out at a time.

  • Can I renew library materials (books, media, etc.)?
    • There are no renewals for O'Grady or Abbey Library items checked out to students, staff and community members.
    • Faculty receive one auto-renewal for O'Grady and Abbey Library items checked out to their accounts.
    • Summit items are not renewable.
    • Interlibrary loan items
      • Renewals can be requested once for interlibrary library loan items, but are not guaranteed and are completely dependent on the lending library.  Request a renewal by logging into your interlibrary loan account and clicking on the "renew" button to the right of the book.  This will give you an extra 5 days courtesy renewal, and more if the lending library approves the request.
  • How long can I check out books, media, equipment, etc.?

    Saint Martin's faculty, staff and students

    • O'Grady books, CDs, cassettes and kits check out for the semester
    • O'Grady videos and media equipment check out for 6 days
    • Surface pro tablets have same day check-out.  The tablet must be returned by closing the same day it is checked out
    • Summit books: 6 weeks
    • Summit videos: 6 days
    • Interlibrary loan items are determined by the lending library but are typically 4 weeks
    • Course reserve items: 3 hours or 3 days depending on the class
    • Study/media rooms: 3 hours

    Community patrons (monk card holders) may check books out for up to six weeks.

Printing, scanning and technology

  • How do I add money to my print account?

    Each fall and spring semester, every student has $10.00 loaded to their campus print account.  If you exceed that credit during the semester, you may purchase refill cards of $2, $5, or $10 increments at the O'Grady Library circulation desk (cash, check, or credit cards accepted).  These cards contain a code that can be loaded to your account at  If you prefer to have a different amount loaded directly to your account, please stop by the CRC (Computer Resource Center) located in Old Main 350.

My accounts

  • Where can I find the status of my checked out items and requests?

    To see all items that are currently checked out to your account, you can log into the Saints search system.  Under "My Loans," you can quickly move between viewing your loans or requests by using the links at the top of the page.  The options include links for viewing:

    • Overview
    • Loans
    • Requests
    • Fines & fees
    • Blocks & messages
    • Personal Details

    From the Loans tab, you can alternate between seeing a list of active loans and historic loans.  Under My Account/Requests, you can see the status and/or cancel all requests for O'Grady, Abbey or Summit items.

    If you wish to see interlibrary loan requests, please login to your interlibrary loan account where you will see a list of all requests from the past 60 days. 

  • How do I pay my fines?

    Fines begin to accumulate the day after an item is due.  Fines can be paid at the circulation desk within four weeks of the date the fine was assessed.  We accept credit/debit cards, cash and checks. After four weeks, fines are sent to student accounts on the second floor of Old Main and must be paid there.  Contact the circulation department by email or call 360-688-2260.


  • What is Saints search?

    Saints search is the O'Grady Library's primary search tool for finding physical materials in the O'Grady and Abbey collections (books, dvds, equipment), ordering books and DVDs from Summit libraries, as well as a one-stop shop for finding the vast majority of the O'Grady Library's electronic holdings including articles, ebooks and streaming videos.

  • What is Summit?

    Summit is a system that allows current students, faculty and staff to borrow books, dvds and more from the 38 Orbis Cascade Alliance institutions in the Pacific Northwest.  This agreement between the Orbis Cascade Alliance members provides Saint Martin's with a vast array of regional material via expedited service.  Items requested from Summit libraries typically arrive within 3-5 business days and are both findable and requestable via Saints search.

  • What is Interlibrary Loan?

    Interlibrary Loan is the traditional library reciprocal borrowing -- in particular, for articles that we don't have access to as well as physical books, dvds and other material unavailable from Summit libraries.

  • How can I reserve a study room?

    Study rooms can be reserved by visiting our study room booking page.

    The check out period is 3 hours and can be extended if not reserved for other patrons. There is a 15 minute grace period, after which the study room can be checked out to another group.