Primo VE Common Customizations

Revised on March 27, 2020

On this page, you'll find an overview of some common Primo VE customizations that I-Share libraries may wish to make. New options will be added regularly.


Adding new links to the Links Menu

The top tabs on the main Primo VE page may be changed to suit your library's needs. Links can be found under Alma Configuration > Discovery > Configure views. The view name should be called "01CARLI_XXX:CARLI_XXX" where XXX is your three-letter library code. Click on the ellipsis at the right of the row with your view name and choose "Edit." From the Edit page, click the Links Menu tab. Links may be reordered, new links added or deleted, etc. from that page. To add a new link, follow the ExLibris directions.

Adding a Course Reserves link to the Links Menu

To specifically add a Course Reserves link to your main Primo VE page, navigate to the Links Menu tab in the view as described above.  Add the code and label that you wish to use for your Course Reserves. For the URL, input the following:

The lowercase red xxx will be the the lowercase version if your library's three-letter code and the uppercase XXX will be the uppercase version if your library's three-letter code.


Configuring the "Cards" on the Primo VE main page

The "cards" on the main Primo VE page may be customized using the Primo VE customization package. They are edited by downloading this customization package to your computer, making edits in the /html/homepage_en.html file, and then re-uploading the package file back into Alma. For an overview of what files are in the Primo VE customization package, please see the Ex Libris documentation.

Specific steps for downloading, editing, zipping, and uploading the customization package.


Changing labels (e.g. "Library Card" or "Tweak your results")

Ex Libris documentation page

Additional information: Labels are under Alma Configuration > Discovery > Display Configuration > Labels. Do a search for the name of the label you want to change using the Description option (rather than the default "code" option).


Removing Refworks as an option in the Menu


Ex Libris documentation page

You must edit the CSS file in the Customization Package to remove RefWorks from the Primo VE menu. There will not be a *my-refworks-ctm* class already in the custom CSS file. You must add code information that Ex Libris provides in their documentation to the custom CSS file, and save it and upload it, then the system will read the code and hide the RefWorks link.

When you open the default custom1.css it has 18 lines in it, all of which are commented OUT (the  /* and */ are the means by which code is commented out in the file). On line 19 or below, add in the code from the Ex Libris documentation (see also attached text file example called custom1_css_example.txt)

.my-refworks-ctm {
display: none;

.my-refworks-separator-ctm {
display: none;

Then save the custom1.css file, zip the folder up, and upload the new customization package to Alma.