University of Utah Libraries Unveil Innovative New Catalog

On May 13, 2010, the University of Utah Libraries made a historical transition as they migrated from the Horizon catalog, also known as “UNIS” to a new catalog which merges the information resources of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Library, the J. Willard Marriott Library, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the McKay Music Library. In addition to the new catalog system, the University Libraries also implemented a “discovery layer” called Primo. Primo serves as the public interface to the new catalog. What is most exciting about Primo is that is allows users to search not only the catalogs these four libraries, but also includes resources that have typically been in separate databases such as our e-journals collections, and the University of Utah digital collections database.

This new system presents library users with a single unified interface for the discovery and delivery of all local and remote scholarly information resources, including books, journals, articles, images, and other digital content. It offers the University community a service that is focused on the quick and efficient discovery and delivery of content, freeing users from the constraints of having to go to different locations to retrieve information resources and digital content, optimizing discovery and delivery of information across all institutional resources.

As with any large-scale technological implementation, there have been a few bumps in the road. But overall, feedback on the new system has been extremely positive across campus. The University Libraries are working diligently to correct any errors users may encounter. Please let us know how the new system is working for you, or if you are experiencing any difficulties. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to Valeri Craigle, Access Technologies Librarian at