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Library Transitions to a New Library Services Platform

by Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子 on 2019-11-12T10:00:00-10:00 in Okinawa | Comments

The UH Mānoa Library has announced that it will transitions to a new library services platform.

Good-bye to Voyager

OneSearch Manoa

What does this mean to the users?

On December 18, 2019, UHM Library Services and all other libraries in the UH system will go live with a new library services platform called Alma and its discovery layer called PrimoVE. The new system will replace our out-dated Voyager system and the front-end public access catalog Hawaiʻi Voyager

Alma will provide our libraries with an upgraded cloud-based experience to manage all library materials—electronic, digital and print—into one system. PrimoVE is the next version of Primo. You may already be familiar with Primo as this it is the main search on the homepage that we have branded as OneSearch.

About a month prior to the switchover, the library may provide limited services relating to the library system until we go-live with the new platform on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

  • Wednesday November 22, 2019 – The library ceases any updates in Voyager to ensure that all data is brought over in full to the new system. Patrons can continue to borrow books while searching and accessing rather static library information. The library may not accept purchase requests.
  • Friday December 13, 2019 4:00pm – You will not be able to place any online requests for Hawaiian and Pacific Collection materials. If you need any items, please visit the collections on the 5th floor of Hamilton Library to make a manual request.
  • Monday December 16 12:00am – You will not be able to place any online requests for all library materials and will not be able to access your library account. You may still check out and return materials at the main circulation desk. 
  • Wednesday December 18, 12:00am – All the suspended library services will be restored on the new library services platform.

As we draw closer to the changeover, the library will be offering video tutorial workshops to help you get familiar with PrimoVE. If you have any feedback such as questions, concerns, or suggestions about the new search, feel free to email


On the Library's homepage, the search default is OneSearch while Hawai'i Voyager (another search tool) has been an option. The difference between OneSearch and Hawai'i Voyager is explained on the page below.

OneSearch includes the UH Voyager Catalog plus a huge index of academic journals on most topics. It also includes conference papers, maps, government documents, music scores, DVDs, archives & manuscripts, and more. View this What Am I Searching list to learn more about what is included in OneSearch.


While some resources can be searched in Japanese (kanji, hiragana, and katakana), it is best to search items (keywords) in alphabets. Some older library resources do not accompany vernacular (Japanese readings) with the Romanized titles and author names.

Wildcards with OneSearch

Searching Using Wildcard Characters

You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:

?enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.
*enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.

Searching for a Phrase

To search for an exact phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search.


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