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Alma Discovery / Primo VE


You do not need to login to use Primo VE. When a patron is on campus within your database IP ranges, they will be able to get to all of the content that they need without logging in. However, there are several reasons to encourage patron login:

  • Provides access to My Library Card, which shows Alma loans, saved result lists, search alerts, etc.
  • Displays borrowing information for the patron's user group on locally held content (loan periods, renewal information, etc.)
  • Shows request links for Resource Sharing or General Electronic Services like ILLiad or Reprints Desk
  • Includes EBSCO search results if your staff have set up the EBSCO API for searching

You can use the same authentication integration profile as Alma, but depending on your authentication type, you may have to provide your campus IT with the Primo URL. The User Authentication area will be populated with your Authentication Integration Profiles in Alma, plus the default internal users profile.

A good customization to make is to change the labels of your authentication, as some users will use your campus authentication, while others will use Alma authentication. You can do this using login labels from the User Authentication config. 

Authentication Set-up

  • Go to Config>Discovery>Authentication>User Authentication

primo authentication

  • Choose the Authentication Profile that you want to use. These are set up under General>External Systems>Integration Profiles, except for the Alma profile, which is for internal users and good to activate for testing purposes or community borrowers
  • If you want to add a link to more information about the login, use one of the Login Page Help Links
  • Check the Enable Silent Login if you use an authentication system where it can automatically log you in if you're already logged into the same system in another browser tab or session
  • Click on the Login Labels tab to adjust the labels for your login options:

primo login labels

Authentication FAQs