Durham University Library and Heritage Collections Now Searchable through Ex Libris Primo

Posted by | April 20, 2015 | News, Other, Stories | No Comments

Primo helps researchers find what they need rapidly and easily in Durham University’s unique Heritage Collections

Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to announce that the Durham University Library and Heritage Collections have gone live with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The sophisticated search and ranking technology of Primo, its intuitive browsing options, and its support for serendipitous discovery enable users at Durham University to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need. Primo offers flexible configuration options, including the customization of facets, indexes, and record display fields, thus facilitating the discovery of, and access to, the wealth of resources available to users.

“The powerful search interface of Primo makes it easier for our students and staff to find the information they are seeking. Primo has improved access to our growing electronic collections and enables us to offer various views with specialist search and filtering facilities where needed,” commented Matthew Phillips, head of digital and bibliographic services. “Primo will also help us raise awareness of the breadth and quality of our collections in the Northeast of England, thus supporting our regional, national, and international strategies.”

Koby Rosenthal, corporate VP and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, remarked: “We are pleased to welcome Durham University to the rapidly growing Primo community, which currently numbers close to 2,200 institutions in 26 countries. We look forward to seeing how Primo helps the University Library and Heritage Collections meet their strategic goals both now and in the future.”

About Durham University and Heritage Collections
Ranked by the Times Higher Education world university rankings as one of the top 100 universities in the world, Durham University maintains a global reputation and is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities. Research at Durham shapes local, national, and international agendas and directly informs the teaching of students. The University is ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide for the employability of its students by blue-chip companies (QS World University Rankings 2014/15) and was named as The Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015 in recognition of outstanding performance in the research and teaching of athletics, and student and community participation in sports at all levels.

Durham University Library and Heritage Collections provide an excellent range of collections, resources, and flexible study space across five library locations and online. With over 18,000 e-journals, more than 313,000 e-books, and over 1.637 million print items, the Library conducts about one million borrowing and return transactions and 2.5 million e-journal downloads per academic year.
For more information, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/about/.

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