Primo VE FAQs

What is Primo VE?

An Ex Libris product, Primo VE (OneSearch) is the application providing your interface to FAU Libraries’ resources (print, electronic, and digital). It’s also called a discovery layer as it helps you discover the resources we have and is a comprehensive tool for finding resources.

Why are we changing to Primo VE?

The Florida state legislature has mandated that all public college and university libraries in Florida adopt a next-generation library system with an integrated, shared library catalog/discovery resource. 

What is Alma?

An Ex Libris product, Alma supports the tasks necessary to keep your library in operation. These include acquisitions, cataloging, fulfillment, and assessment. It is the staff side of the library catalog.

How can the FAU Libraries afford Primo VE when they have a limited collections budget to purchase new scholarly content?

The Alma-Primo system is being implemented statewide as part of a legislative mandate. Special funding for this project was provided to the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) for the system implementation.

How will this system change affect Interlibrary Loan?

There will be no change to Interlibrary Loan. You will continue to use the same process to request materials from other libraries.

If no new items are added to the catalog after May 27, does that include items for Course Reserves?

While no new items can be added to the catalog between May 27-July 13, we can still add new items to Course Reserves.  Online Resources - we can send you the permalinks and add the items to our Textbook Reserves LibGuide for easy access by students. Physical Resources - If the book is already in the Textbook Reserves, no problem! We'll send you instructions on how to find the book. If it is a new book, we can still process it outside of the catalog, add it to the Textbook Reserves LibGuide for easy look-up and make it available to your students at the front desk.

Is there a preview available for the Primo VE?

Not at this time, but we will be updating instructional videos in the latter half of July to provide tips on how to use the new interface. Much of the search functionality will be the same.

What about the Library catalog—how will I search for locally held materials?

You will be able to search for FAU Libraries material using Primo VE (through OneSearch). Primo VE will be the new FAU Libraries discovery layer.

What happens to email alerts, RSS feeds, or search folders that I have set up?

These will not transfer over to Primo VE. Alerts, feeds, and folders will have to be newly set up after July 13. Primo VE will require you to set up a personal internal account to have this functionality.

What happens to the books that I have checked out when Primo VE comes up?

The records of materials checked out will shift over to Primo VE.

Who can I contact if I have more questions or concerns?

Please use the Primo VE Issues/Questions Form; it will be sent to the appropriate person and answered as soon as possible.

Will I be able to track the things loaned out to me like I have with the old catalog system?


Will the new Alma/Primo system have export capabilities to citation management systems such as Mendeley, EndNote, or Zotero?

Yes, it will have the capability to export to several citation management systems. We will update as we have more details.

Will the suspension of UBorrow cause delays in getting needed materials through Interlibrary Loan?

No, UBorrow links will automatically refer FAU faculty and students to the Interlibrary Loan system.

Last modified at 06/28/2021 - 16:27 PM