Lending Library

The Lending Library is a service to students as an incentive for students to be successful in their classes. Textbooks may be checked out at no cost for an entire term starting the first day of class on a first-come-first-serve basis, and must be returned prior to the end of the term.

Due to the success and the high demand of our program and in efforts to promote student success, priority will be given the beginning two weeks of the term to students with a 2.75 term GPA or higher for their last term completed. After two weeks, students can check out books without previous screening of requirements.

All books are housed at the Chemeketa Library in the Salem campus. Students who want to access this service need to first be screened by the department of Student Retention and College Life staff for the beginning two weeks of the term. The requirements to access the Lending Library are found below. After the second week of the term, students can go directly to the library for books.

Students can only check out required textbooks for classes that fall within their major(s) and as indicated by their Degree Works and that they are currently registered for. You can only check out textbooks for one class per day. The books are lent out for a whole term.

To check for the availability of books, students can check the Chemeketa Library's website prior to accessing the service by following a tutorial.

If you are interested in more option for textbooks affordability, you can access the Textbook Affordability tutorial.

Here is what you'll need to access the Lending Library -
First term students

First term students are students who have never taken classes at Chemeketa or who have taken more than a two year break.

  1. Chemeketa ID
  2. MyChemeketa student email
  3. Digital or print-out of your Chemeketa class schedule for the term
  4. Digital or print-out of your textbook list from the Chemeketa Bookstore’s website or your syllabus
  5. Digital or print-out copy of unofficial transcript from MyChemeketa to check first term status
Previous users and/or second term students
  1. Chemeketa ID
  2. MyChemeketa student email
  3. Digital or print-out of your Chemeketa class schedule for the term
  4. Digital or print-out of your textbook list from the Chemeketa Bookstore’s website or your syllabus
  5. Digital or print-out copy of unofficial transcript from MyChemeketa with a 2.75 term G.P.A minimum
  6. Digital or print-out copy of your Degree Works updated with your current major from MyChemeketa.

All requested documents should show that the books requested are for the class that you are registered. The class should count towards your intended major as demonstrated in your Degree Works. If your major has not been updated, please submit a change of major form so that your Degree Works reflects your new major.

If you would like a visual version of the requirements, please download the Lending_Library_Flyer.

Location and hours

Building 2, Room 176

Lending Library service hours
Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

Contact us to learn more
Student Retention and College Life or call 503.399.5116

The Lending Library Program will be closed if a Chemeketa alert is issued for a campus closure. To sign up for alerts, please visit the Chemeketa Alerts website.