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Searching the Library Catalog (Primo)

This how-to guide will cover tips for searching the library's online catalog for materials.

What is the library catalog?

The library catalog is Weaver Library's discovery platform that provides a single access point to most of the library's collections. Using the library catalog, you can search for scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, magazine and popular press articles, books, videos, and more. You will be able to narrow your results to full-text online access, publication date, type of material,  and more. You can also use the library catalog to sign in and check your library account, and to request to borrow physical items like books from both Weaver Library and other college and university libraries in the State of Montana. 

screenshot of a search for Yellowstone National Park in Weaver Library's online catalog. To the left of the results are filters that you can apply to the results list. The first three results in the list are a video, a book, and an article.


Please note that despite the library's best efforts, errors can occur in the catalog where online access to an item is not working or access is unavailable. If this occurs, please email the library at, and we can work to get the issue resolved. Please include specific information in your email including the item you are trying to access, it's permalink in our catalog, screenshots, and any other relevant information about the issue. 

What can you find in the library catalog?

Using the library catalog you can find:

  • Online journal articles
  • Online newspaper articles
  • Online magazine and popular press articles
  • eBooks
  • Books (print)
  • Audiobooks
  • Streaming videos
  • Library guides
  • Government documents
  • Images
  • Sound recordings
  • Audiovisual (DVD, VHS)

What's not included?

Using the library you cannot find our loanable technology available for check out, including:

  • Laptops
  • Chromebooks
  • Wifi hotspots
  • eReaders
  • Webcams

You can call, email, or stop by the library to find out what technology items we have available and how to borrow them.