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UMD Libraries announces go-live date for migration to new library search platform

New system to go live May 23, 2024

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This spring, UMD Libraries along with the 17 libraries across the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) will be implementing a new integrated library system (ILS) and searching/discovery service that will go live on May 23, 2024. UMD Libraries will migrate to the Alma and Primo systems, after having been on the Aleph system for over 20 years. Both of these systems are created by Ex Libris®, part of Clarivate.

An integrated library system is used to manage the basic functions of a library, such as checking library materials in and out, keeping track of orders and subscriptions, and providing the infrastructure that allows library users to search and access library materials. You may not realize it, but if you’ve ever renewed a book online or checked your library account, you’ve interacted with an ILS. This system migration is a significant upgrade that will modernize current functionality and usability, streamline the interlibrary loan request process, and increase cooperation with other UMD systems and between academic institutions across the state.

The new searching/discovery service, which replaces Classic Catalog and WorldCat UMD, is an interface that will streamline searching and access to UMD Libraries resources and scholarly research. Library users will notice new features allowing them to more easily manage loans, requests, and citations. A preview of the search interface will be available in the coming months.

Every effort is being made to minimize disruptions for library users during this change, but there will be system downtimes and data freezes that cannot be avoided during Intersession 2024, the period between Spring Semester and the start of summer Term I. Updates will be shared throughout the spring semester on the UMD Libraries’ webpage dedicated to the migration project, including information on any temporary service changes or suspensions as the new system is prepared.

If you have any questions contact the Primo Discovery Implementation Working Group at

Note: This article was updated on March 11, 2024 to reflect changes in the Libraries' operating status during the migration. As the migration process continues, this information is subject to change. The latest information will always be available at 

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