1. Primo

What is PRIMO?

Primo® is your gateway to library resources and services. Discover quality books, journal articles, conferences and more with one search.

  • Automatically limits to full text.
  • Save searches and references.
  • Manage your library account.


1.1. What am I searching in Primo?


You can limit your search in Primo either at the start of your search, before entering any search terms or after you have your results. This article explains how you can limit your search at the beginning by choosing from the drop down menu in the search box:



Your results will include all types of material including books, multimedia, journal articles, conference proceedings, theses etc. Primo collects data from the library catalogue (book titles, journal titles, multimedia, etc), our Digital Repository and Primo Central (a storage containing thousands of data from publishers' sites, and other open data sources. It is continually added to as the company, Ex Libris, negotiates rights with the individual publishers to harvest their data.)



This is the quickest and easiest option for searching for books held in the University library. Your results will include details of book titles, journal titles and multimedia. It will not include content from within books and journals.



This is the best option for searching for journal articles. It will not include journal titles, or book titles in the results.



This will limit your results to material from the LabPlus collection based in the Davy Building. It contains material relevant to students studying biological sciences, environmental sciences, geography and earth sciences.



This will limit your results to material from the School experience collection based on Level 2 of the library. The collection contains material to support trainee teachers.




This will limit your results to material from the Special collections based in the Library lecture room. It is of particular relevance to anyone studying the arts and architecture.



This will limit your results to material from the Research repositories which includes Plymouth University PhDs and masters dissertations.

1.2. Library Account

How to I access my library account using Primo?

   * Select Library Account option on the Primo homepage

    * Sign in using your usual University username and password.

    * Remember to sign out when you have finished using Primo.  This is especially important when using one of the public/open access computers.

    * In your account you have access to Loan information, Fines and fees, Requests and any blocks and messages related to your account.


1.3. Why can't I see the books I have on loan in Primo?

You need to be signed in to view and renew your books.


Accessing your Library Account

1.       Choose the Guest link at the top right of the Primo homepage to change to 'Sign in'.  Alternatively, select the Library Account link and sign in here.

2.       Select Loans and follow on screen instructions to see and renew your loans.


Remember to sign out when you have finished using Primo. This is especially important when using one of the public computers.

1.4. Primo - Searching for books

How do I find out what books are in the library on a specific subject?

Your best option for finding what books the library holds on a specific subject is to:

1.       Limit your search at the initial search stage by choosing Books, Journal titles, etc.

2.       Type in your topic, for example, cloud computing.

3.       Once you have your search results choose Books from the left hand Resource Type filter, (otherwise resources such as theses and journal titles may be shown).




Video guidance on searching for books on Primo


1.5. How do I search for e-books on Primo?

I only want to see what electronic books are available to access?

You can filter your results in a number of ways once you have your search results.



1.      Enter your keywords into the Primo search box.

2.      From your results select "Full Text Online" from the Availability menu on the left.  From Resource Type select "Books".

3.      Alternatively, you can limit your search before you type in your keywords by choosing "Books, journals titles, etc".  Refine by Availability "Full Text Online", Resource Type "Books", and Date (if required).