New Primo launched in January, 2020

The Library launched a new version of Primo on Monday, January 13. Library staff are available to help with any questions you might have on using new Primo. See below for information on further help available.

Reset your PIN to use our self-service machines

Following the move to the new version of Primo, you will need to reset your PIN number to use our self-service machines. Please see the guide below on the simple steps required to reset your PIN.

UoA Staff and Students - reset your PIN

External Library Members - reset your PIN

Guidance on using Primo

You will also find instruction on using Primo in the Library Guides section of our website. More  support and guidance on Primo will be added to our website in the coming weeks.

Further information on the move to a new Primo

What are Library Systems?

The Library service runs on complex, integrated systems which provide cataloguing, search, metadata management, digital asset, and open access capability. Library users will be most familiar with the Library search interface, Primo but may also have experience of Digitool

What is happening?

We are migrating all the current library management systems, including Primo, to one integrated cloud-hosted system.

Why is this necessary?

We are moving to the supplier Ex Libris’ latest product, Alma with Primo, which will provide numerous benefits to the institution.

What are the benefits?

Benefits will include:

  • Improved search and retrieval experience
  • Better search experience on mobile and tablet devices
  • Improved digital research capability
  • Inter Library Loan available through Primo

What does this mean for me?

The main difference for staff and students is that the layout and functionality of the search and discovery tool, Primo, will change. Additionally:

  • Permalinks from the old Primo search will no longer work
  • The old Library catalogue has been retired

Where can I get further information?

Questions about the project can be directed to