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The Primo Toolkit was a collaborative project begun in fall 2015 to identify and document commonly used customizations for enhancing and adding functionality to the Primo interface. The Toolkit covers a range of topics - from a guide to making changes in the Primo Back Office (PBO) to adding a permalink for search results in Primo. In 2017, the Primo Customization Joint Working Group added customizations to the Toolkit, focusing on the Primo New UI.

As Primo evolves, the need for some customizations will lessen and new customizations will be developed. With this in mind, the goal is for this Toolkit to evolve over time, with input from members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. If you have feedback or ideas for additional items to include, feel free to submit using this form.

We invite libraries worldwide to use the content of our Primo Toolkit to better aid their users and develop their own customizations enhancing the Primo user experience. Central Package customizations can be found either on the Alliance GitHub repository or in the new Primo Studio. 

Toolkit Documentation


The following documents describe best practices and contain sample changes libraries wish to implement.

Central and Local Packages in Primo New UI 

Primo New UI - Customizations

Getting Started with the Primo Back Office

Original Project Info
Duration: Fall/Winter 2015-2016
  • Nathan Mealey, chair (Portland State University)
  • Stewart Baker (Western Oregon University)
  • Kate Deibel (University of Washington)
  • Doug Eriksen (Seattle University)
  • Dawn Lowe-Wincensten (Oregon Institute of Technology)
  • Lesley Lowery, Discovery & Delivery liaison (Western Washington University)
  • Tamara Marnell (Portland Community College)

Primo Toolkit Archive