Library Catalog Introductory Sessions

Join a Reference Librarian for a 30-minute overview of the Library Catalog new interface. Learn the basics and ask questions too!

When: Mondays at 3:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Sessions start on March 14 and will take place through the end of April.

Where: GRI L2 Training Room

What: Topics covered include searching, saving records and searches, requesting material, and overview of the “my account” feature.

Seating is first come first serve. Reservations are not required.

Announcing new Library Catalog user interface: March 12

Dear Library Community,

We are writing to re-introduce you to Primo Search, now rebranded simply as the Library Catalog, describing the more straightforward and comprehensive search experience that launches on Tuesday, March 12. This upgrade allows us to take full advantage of new features and system updates as they are developed.

Do I access the system the same way?
You will access the Library Catalog the same way you have accessed Primo Search with one change: passwords now need to be at least 8 characters so you may be prompted to change it the first time you sign in to the system on or after March 12.

Are there changes to how the search works?
Yes, the default search is now called “Library Resources,” which includes our physical and digital collections as well as resources from a selection of our specialized database subscriptions. This allows for the discovery of published materials, archival materials, digital collections, online articles, and more using a single search.

The following databases are now included in the default search:

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Humanities E-Book
Art and Architecture Archive (ProQuest)
Bridgeman Education
HathiTrust Digital Library
Historical Newspapers – Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)
Historical Newspapers – New York Times (1851-2003)
Project MUSE

Can I restrict my searches to GRI collections only?
Yes! You can use the Collections facets to refine searches to include GRI Collections only. The facets appear to the left of the search results.

What new features are included?
A few highlights include Ask a Librarian, new books, citation options, internationalization of the interface, and more.

Ask a Librarian: This link connects you to a request form where you can ask a librarian for assistance.

New Books: We have added an easy way to browse and search new books directly from the home page.

Citation options: For each search result, you can click the Citation button in the Actions menu to format a citation. Citations can be in the MLA (7th edition), MLA (8th edition), APA (6th edition), Chicago/Turabian (16th edition), or Harvard 1 formats.

Internationalization: There are now many language options, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Russian, available for the translation of some of the interface. This provides additional assistance with navigating for non-English speakers; it does not translate all records or customizations in the system.

We will continue to add new features and enhancements to the interface over time.

Can I search the Library Catalog on my mobile device?
Yes! It’s now even easier. The Library Catalog is natively responsive, meaning it will resize and adapt based on the size of your device.

How can I receive in-person assistance with the Library Catalog?
– Attend a 30-minute introductory session held in the GRI L2 Training Room, Mondays at 3:00 PM or Thursdays at 11:00 AM, starting March 14 through the end of April. Reservations are not required.
– Stop by the Reference Desk, Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
– We also encourage you to book a one-on-one appointment with a Reference Librarian by contacting
– Finally, you are welcome to call the Reference Desk at 310-440-7390.

How can I send feedback about the new interface?
Please complete our Feedback Form with any comments or questions. Your comments will help us improve the interface and alert us to system issues that need to be resolved.

Thank you…
A huge thank you goes out to the members of the Primo Working Group who have been instrumental in providing feedback and testing the system:

Kristen Carter
Denise Dudley
Ryan Edwards
Ross Garcia
Aimee Lind
Sally McKay
Kit Messick
Sarah Sherman
Teresa Soleau
Susan Sundquist

Additionally, many other staff members from across the GRI and GDi have contributed to making this new interface possible. Thank you all.

We look forward to tomorrow’s launch and welcome your comments and questions.


Lily Pregill, Systems Architect
Kathleen Salomon, Associate Director / Chief Librarian

Library Catalog Patron ID Password Login Changes

Starting on January 27, 2019, the Library Catalog (Primo Search) will require passwords to be 8 or more characters.

What does that mean for researchers and staff with Getty Research Library Patron ID numbers?

If your current password (i.e., your last name) is 8 or more characters:
Sign in as you normally do with your current password. (In some cases, you may be prompted to update your password. After your password is changed, sign in as you normally do with your new password.)

If your current password (i.e., your last name) is less than 8 characters:
You will be prompted to change your password the first time you sign in on or after January 27, 2019. Your new password must be 8 or more characters. After your password is changed, sign in as you normally do with your new password.

If you need assistance or have questions please contact the Reference Desk at 310-440-7390 or

Holiday Closure Dates

This year, the Research Library will be closed starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018 and during the following holiday period:

December 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019

Library services and staff, including Circulation, Reference, Interlibrary Loan and the Special Collections Reading Room, will not be available.

Extended Readers may still use the library during the closure, with the exception of December 25 and 31, and January 1.

The library will resume regular service hours on Wednesday, January 2.

Happy Holidays!

Photo caption: Family looking out of window with Christmas decorations (detail), Leonard Nadel, 1948. Leonard Nadel photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles. The Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.42

Library access during Thanksgiving weekend

The Research Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 26.

While the library will be closed to all readers on Thursday, November 22, Extended Readers may still use the library until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, all day on Friday, November 23, and throughout the weekend. However, library services and staff, including Circulation, Reference, and the Special Collections Reading Room, will not be available.

Research Services Announcement

Dear Members of the Research Library community,

I am very pleased to announce two new appointments in the management of the Library’s Research Services department, following the retirement of Lois White, former Head of Research Services, after 32 years. While we have lost an excellent steward and tremendous institutional knowledge with Lois’ departure, we have taken the opportunity presented by this moment for some internal reorganization and promotions.

Sally McKay has been appointed to the newly configured position of Head, Research Services. In this new configuration, Research Services will include the following sections: Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and the Special Collections Reading Room. Sally is exceptionally well-equipped to lead the department into a new era–throughout her nearly 23 years of experience in various positions in Research Services ranging from reference assistant to reference librarian and Head of Special Collections Services, she has solved countless problems with innovative solutions, always keeping service and the safety of our collections at the forefront of her mind. Her extensive knowledge of library operations and collections is impressive, and she is by now a respected member in her field of expertise in provenance research circles both within and outside of the Getty community. Sally’s positive and generous approach to working with staff and researchers alike will doubtless continue to be a major asset to the GRI as she moves into her new role.

Sarah Sherman has been appointed to the newly created position of Manager of Reference and User Engagement within the Research Services department. In this role, Sarah will supervise and oversee reference activity, and coordinate among the various sections providing reference and related services to researchers from all over in person and virtually. Sarah, who has worked at the Library as a reference librarian for 11 years, has been a driving force behind some of the reference team’s recent ventures–often with a focus on user engagement–from conceiving and maintaining the library blog to working with the web team on library web page changes and developments and serving on GRI and Getty-wide social media committees. In both her internal and external professional spheres, Sarah is known among her colleagues for the thoughtful, proactive, and thorough manner in which she approaches all of her work, attributes which she will now apply to her new role as a manager.

I know that Sally and Sarah are committed to working with our Research Library community to consider what we do and what we could be doing, how we do things now and how we might do them in the future, and to develop new opportunities for further engagement in person and virtually.

Feel free to contact them, or me, with your ideas, at

-Kathleen Salomon, Associate Director, Chief Librarian, Getty Research Institute