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Search for a book in Primo

When finding a book in the library, it is best to start with Primo.

First open Primo and type your title/subject in the search bar, selecting "Books, Journal Titles, etc.", then hit search.

When you have found the book you want to read in the search results, pay attention to the bottom line of the listing. It will show:

  • Availability: where the item is available to borrow. If it is currently on loan, you may want to make a request.
  • Location: where the book is located.
  • Shelfmark: Make a note of the full shelfmark, including the letters, in order to find it in the shelves.

Navigate the library using the signage on the ends of each shelf. The shelfmark is labelled on the spine of the book.

Use the self-issue machines to check out the book. The borrowed books is now visible on your library account. You can check from here when the item is due to be returned.

Search Scopes

Search scopes are located in the the search bar and filter the search results. Here's a breakdown of what each one will deliver:

Quick Search Thedefault search scope on Primo and does exactly as it says: it does a quick scan of the library's collections, including most of our subscribed content
Books, Journal Titles, etc. Provides results that are print books, eBooks, print journals and eJournals.
Articles Theis searched inside the majority of eJournals that the library subscribes to.
Plymouth Research Outputs and Theses Use this option to search through University of Plymouth research that has been deposited into our PEARL repository, such as theses, articles, dissertations, book chapters and datasets.
School Experience Collection Provides items from the School Experience Collection only; junior fiction ans non-fiction books, as well as resources for teacher training. These items are located on Level 2 of the library.
Special Collections Use this option to search through Special Collections' items, including rare books, artists' books, rare journals and zines. These items are largely located on Level 3 and are not available for loan. An induction to the Special Collections is required to access.
Plymouth LabPlus Search through Plymouth LabPlus collections. These collections consist of a variety of resources to support subject areas including Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Engineering and more. These items are located on campus in the Davy building.

Primo Records

For further information on exporting records for referencing, please visit the Endnote guide

Can't see what you're looking for?

Searches in Primo are set to only include full-text items by default. Full-text means you can access the full item online. You can include non full-text items by clicking the tick box in the "refine search" bar once you've made a search.

If the library does not have access to the item you are looking for, you can request an Inter Library Loan.