New Library Discovery Service

This summer the Library will be launching an exciting new Discovery Service.

This new “library search” will combine the functionality of the Library Catalogue and Searcher into one single search tool and help you quickly and easily search across many of our collections (both in print and online) for your research and studies.

Book shelving on the re-developed 4th floor of the Main Library, February 2012.

Why are we making this change?

The current Library system has been in place for 16 years! It was designed to deal primarily with print-collections, like books and print journals. Over 80 % of the library materials budget is now spent on online resources and the Library has an e-preference policy which means we buy electronic resources if available.

The Library needs to upgrade to a system with strong capabilities in resource discovery and management in order to give student and staff the best possible research experience and for the Library to be equipped for the future.

Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list?.. Confused?
We’ve also been listening to feedback from you. We know many of you find it confusing to know what search tool you should be using to find resources in the Library. Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list? How can you be confident you will find the material you require?

Having one search tool should stop this confusion and help you to easily discover the resources you need for your study and research.

What are the benefits for you?

  • A brand new, state of the art, search tool that will help you discover resources easily and quickly.
  • Search for our print books and journals, e-books and e-journals, article level content, library resources and more via a single search interface.
  • Single sign-on – access your library account, renew books, request books on loan to other users and save search results  just by logging in with EASE. No need to have to try and remember that long library barcode number from your UoE card!
  • Easy access to full-text journal articles and e-books that are available to you through the Library.
  • Consistent and user-friendly method of requesting material which is held in the Library Annexe and other closed-access collections.
  • One Library search system helping you to find all the resources you need from one search box. No more confusion!

What is the new service?

A shiny new Discovery Service
The Library will be using Primo for the new discovery service but “Primo” is just the product name.

Primo is already used in a large number of university and research libraries in the UK and worldwide e.g. University of York, University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Princeton University and the British Library.

Primo is provided by Ex Libris and it was after a successful and rigorous tendering process in 2014 that the Library selected both the Primo discovery system and the Alma library management platform. Primo and Alma scored notably higher than rival systems in the tendering process and the Library is confident that we have selected a solution which will both meet current user needs and equip us to deal with future developments.

A whole new Library Management Platform – Alma
It’s not just a new discovery service that is being launched in the summer, the whole Library Management System, currently Voyager, is being replaced.

The Library Management System is core to the workflow of Library operations from the acquisition of materials, cataloguing of metadata, and collections management, the circulation of materials (including self-issue, borrowing, returning and renewing books) and the Library Catalogue (OPAC).

You don’t need to worry about this. However, the introduction of a next-generation system like Alma will allow the Library to streamline services and processes, provide you with better information on resources available, be able to make changes and updates more quickly and develop new and better services for you.

What happens now?

There is a lot of work to be done between now and launch date but most of this is behind-the-scenes work.

As we get closer to the launch training information and guidance will become available to you and we will keep you up to date with the progress of the work on this blog.