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What is Primo?

Primo contains all of Washington University Libraries’ holdings, including books, journals, periodicals, and multimedia. The default search also shows results from a large index comprising billions of records for popular and scholarly articles, as well as other materials.

You can limit your search criteria in a variety of ways, both before and after obtaining results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Known Issues

Broken Classic Catalog Links

Newer records from the Classic Catalog are not currently displaying accurate holdings information (such as the call number and library location). As a workaround, if you encounter such a bad link, you can search for your desired title manually from the Classic Catalog.

Our support vendor is looking into this issue.

Linking Problems

Our linking system does not work perfectly. You may find a link in Primo that does not actually lead to the full-text of your item, and other materials which we have access to may be missing links.

Please let us know about any linking problems you encounter by completing the Report a Problem with an eJournal, eBook, or other eResource form.

You can also use the portal to search by a known DOI for access.


Need Help?


See the vendor’s help site for more information.

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