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New library management system - Summer 2022

Library Search is live

The new Library Search is now available. This video covers the main features of the new system.

It replaces the library catalogue ( and also the one known as Multisearch.

The changes may affect any links to the old system that you may have stored in bookmarks or other systems such as Brightspace. Further details can be found later in this guide.

What are the benefits?

Library users will benefit from the following changes:

  • Seamless access to the library system and electronic resources via single sign-on (SSO). Authentication will use the same system as other major university services such as Brightspace, MyDay, Email and Talis Aspire.
  • A more modern, responsive and accessible user interface for locating electronic resources and print materials.
  • Improved integration with other services, such as Talis Aspire, Browzine and PURE research repository, making resource discovery even more intutitive.
  • The option to toggle between various languages in the search interface, including French, German, Spanish and many others. We are working with the vendor to provide a Gaelic search interface for the first time which is expected to be available on the go live date or soon afterwards.

For library and IT staff, benefits include:

  • The new staff system, WMS, is a completely cloud-based, so there will be no client installations required in libraries or complex firewall rules.
  • eResource licencing and management are integrated, reducing the need to track subscriptions in other systems.
  • Improved cataloguing workflow as we will share metadata with other OCLC institutions throughout the UK and worldwide.
  • Improved reporting and analytics on resource usage.

What won't change?

There will be no dramatic change to library resources or electronic resource content. All existing books, eBooks, eJournals, eCollections etc will remain in place. It is only the interface that you search and access resources through that is changing. Library support materials and video guides will be updated to reflect the system changes.

We plan to have information sessions closer to the live date which will introduce the new discovery interface.

Please note that any books you have a loan during the summer will be migrated to the new OCLC system.

Will I have to do anything?

Any link resources containing or will no longer work when the old service is deactivated on or around 31st August 2022

To link to a resource in the new system:

  • You can then copy the permalink for your chosen item.
  • For example:

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Please note that all links published Talis Aspire resource lists have already been updated so you will not need to edit any of your lists as a results of these changes.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about changes to the system, please open a Servicedesk ticket or contact the UHI Systems Librarian at