Primo VE Resources

Rev. July 15, 2020

Overview of Primo VE for I-Share Libraries

  • Primo VE provides discovery for the library’s catalog of physical and electronic resources, as well as consortial resources and resource sharing.
  • Primo VE includes a Central Knowledge Base of e-resource packages and authority records.
  • All I-Share libraries have Primo VE at no extra charge and Primo VE will replace New VuFind, VuFind 0.6, and WebVoyage as the interface that CARLI supports for all institutions.
  • In Primo VE, patrons can view their account and all items checked out or requested from all I-Share institutions, place requests (as allowed), and renew materials.
  • There will be a Union Catalog View branded as I-Share that contains all I-Share libraries’ holdings at a separate URL. (coming soon)

CARLI Documentation and Information


Primo VE Customizations: Getting Started for CARLI I-Share Institutions

Primo VE Customizations: View Configuration Tabs

Common Primo VE Customizations


Primo VE Authentication for I-Share Libraries Using Single Sign-On

Primo VE Resource Sharing Request Form - Consortial Changes

Primo VE default display fields - Primo VE comes with a set of predefined fields for display. This document describes which are turned on by default and which are not in the Details section (also known as the Details Service), and provides links to instructions for turning on fields that are off by default.

Connecting to Primo VE

How to create a Primo VE Search Box on your website

Direct URLs to Primo VE pages (Full Display, Advanced Search, My Library Card, Login)

How to create your base link resolver URL to embed links in Primo VE to databases and indexes

Configuring WorldCat to search Primo VE

Other information

Primo VE and EBSCO Databases  

List of Other Libraries Using Primo VE - A list compiled by the CARLI Instruction and Public Services Committees

CARLI's Alma and Primo VE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Getting Ready for Primo VE webinar series - Presented April 2, 2020. Seven short webinars on Primo VE topics of interest to CARLI I-Share libraries.

Ex Libris Documentation, Training Videos, and Information

Ex Libris Knowledge Center Primo VE Documentation Page - This page provides links to all Primo VE documentation. Selected links for specific tasks/information are highlighted below:

Ex Libris Knowledge Center Primo VE Training Videos Page - This page provides links to all Primo VE training videos. Selected videos are highlighted below:

  • Getting Started with Primo VE - 3 short videos provide an overview to Primo VE (23 mins. total)
  • Using Primo VE - the first video (22 mins.) describes how to search and refine results and print/save/email them; the second video (24 mins.) describes how Primo VE works and how resources are presented
  • Configuring the User Interface - 5 short videos on configuration (23 mins. total)
  • Primo VE Certification Videos - This set of 6 videos (62 mins. total) provides a broad overview of Primo VE Configuration and can be watched anytime independently from Primo VE Certification training.

Ex Libris Primo VE Release Notes Pages

Ex Libris Feature Alignment Schedule for Primo VE

Ex Libris Alma Release Schedule for 2020 - Primo VE is part of Alma, so the Alma release schedule applies to Primo VE.

Ex Libris Advanced Development Resources for Customization

Ex Libris GitHub Development Environment

Ex Libris GitHub Explore Package

Community Knowledge document: Primo VE - Customization guide September 2018 - this document from Technion Libraries in Israel describes a number of specific customizations they have made with CSS and JavaScript.