Library Services System Change August 2023
Updated 17th August 2023
Library Search is our new Library Services discovery platform powered by Primo from ExLibris. Library Search allows you to search for books, ebooks, journals, ejournals, articles, digital media, and databases on a unified discovery system.
We will maintain access to our legacy discovery systems until 30th September 2023 to facilitate the transition to the new interface:
The systems will be replaced by Library Search, our new Library Services discovery platform powered by Primo from ExLibris. Library Search allows you to search for books, ebooks, journals, ejournals, articles, digital media, and databases on a unified discovery system.
How will the changes affect me?
- We will continue to provide access to all our current and expanding range of Library resources. It is only the interface through which you access the resources that is changing.
- If you have saved Preferred Searches, Loan History or My Lists on MyAccount that you wish to retain, please ensure that you save these in a separate location. You will no longer have access to this information in the MyAccount from 16th August 2023. Unfortunately, we cannot migrate this information to the new system.
- If you have created saved searches, folders, citations, and articles in a MyEBSCO personal account and they point to an EBSCOhost database, CINAHL, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials PLUS, British Education Index, then they will continue to work.
However, if you have any saved items in your MyEBSCO account folder pointing to Library Catalogue, Article Search or E-Journals A-Z these will not work. You should save your search history and export this data. Saving Your Search History using MyEBSCO explains how to do this. You need to have a MyEBSCO account if you want to download or reserve EBSCO ebooks.
- You will have access to a new Library Account on Library Search from 16th August 2023 where you can renew books, create favourites lists and export citations.
- If you have created permalinks, persistent links or stable URLs from the Library Catalogue, Article Search, Classic Catalogue or E-Journals A-Z discovery interfaces, these will no longer work and need to be updated to new Library Search URLs. Please contact the AFBI Library if you need advice on how to do this.
There will be delays in processing interlibrary loan requests for a number of weeks from 21st July as we migrate to a new Library Services Platform. There will be a limited service for article requests, and book requests will not be processed until after 16th August. It will not be possible to submit interlibrary loan requests from 11th August and we will provide an update as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience during this time. If you have any queries about inter library loan requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will not be possible to place requests for items via the Library Catalogue using the 'Loan request' option from 9th August.
From 8am on Friday 11th August to 16th August, physical loan items cannot be issued or returned at the self-service stations in the Library. You can bring items to the Borrower Service desks during this time, where Library staff will issue items for you or receive returns.
- You will be able to continue to export references from Library Search to EndNote and Endnote Web. If you use the Find Full Text function in Endnote the OpenURL Path information will change.