The University of Rochester Libraries has transitioned to new, more robust software that supports the search for and discovery of library materials. This function is formally known to patrons of River Campus Libraries, Miner Library, and Sibley Library as "Articles, Books, and More”, "Summon" or "the catalog". We’ve renamed this overall service “DiscoverUR”. 

Why is this happening?

This service is being upgraded to a more robust technical platform. The decision to upgrade was made by libraries staff, and is in support of our ongoing commitment to continuously improve and deliver the best possible search and discovery experience for users.


When it takes effect?

Mid-July – barring any technical delays we’re hoping to launch on July 12, 2021. We anticipate only a momentary interruption between 8-9 am.  If there are unavoidable delays for this implementation, we’ll let our researchers know as soon as possible on this page or in other communication channels, such as @Rochester. 


What to expect?

Most people won't notice too much difference in the search and discovery interface. You may notice faster response time and more relevant search results, and additional materials pertinent to your research presented in your search results. 

What it means for computer shortcuts, bookmarks and links in Blackboard:  If you have saved a permanent link to our current discovery layer, these links will still work until Sept. 1.  

How can I tell if I have links to the current discovery layer?  All the links to our current discovery layer are distinct because the are all tiny urls.  You’ll need to update those with the new url when our new software takes effect on July 12.

Screenshot of summon results showing tiny URL direct link to resource



How to Find Out More/Ask Questions?

Please be sure to check this page for updates as the project progresses through the summer and fall of 2021.  Look for user feedback sessions and training opportunities coming soon! The Libraries staff are here to help students and faculty this summer as the new search and discovery service is released. 

Contact your specific library for more information: