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On July 3 2018, Harvard Library moved from Aleph to Alma as its unified resource management system/ILS. This section contains training and support materials for staff during and after the hands-on training period.

For updates on the switch to Alma, read the Harvard Library CC articles tagged "Alma" and watch HLComms emails for Alma-related information.

September 11, 2018 update:

Alma URLs: To access the live/production version of Alma, visit: for Harvard Key logins and for shared circulation desk logins.

Alma Logins: For information about requesting and updating Alma logins (both production and sandbox), visit the Request an Alma Login or Login Update page. One major change: staff do not need to attend an in-person Introduction to Alma class to receive their logins. Managers may review the material in Introduction to Alma with staff and confirm that they are familiar with it while requesting a login be created.

LTS Support Form: As you use Alma, if you have any questions about it - no matter how big or small - please also submit them via the LTS Alma Support Form at By asking your questions, you're helping the LTS Support Staff learn how to help you use Alma, and they can forward questions on to the Alma technical teams as needed.


Form a Learning Circle! Many departments and local units are meeting in small Learning Circles to talk about Alma and its impact on their work. We encourage all staff to do this, and benefit from each other’s learning. Please see the Learning Circles page on the LTS wiki for more about running a successful peer discussion group:


Training: We have entered Phase 2 of Alma training, which will last through the end of the calendar year. In Phase 2:

Phase 1 classes will be offered in person once a month. Use the Training Portal link below to see what classes are currently being offered.

Managers are encouraged to work through the training materials directly with their staff as needed, especially for Introduction to Alma and the two Searching classes; training scripts and exercises are online at

Phase 2 classes will begin in late September/early October. Class topics include Alma Analytics (Using and Creating), cataloging templates, and work orders.

All of the scripts, handouts, and examples from classes are available to review in the Alma training documents section of the LTS wiki:

Harvard Training Portal: Please continue to sign up for Alma training at the Harvard Training Portal:

  • We are listing classes as we confirm locations and trainers for each session. If no classes are listed, please click on Show Interest to receive an email as more classes are added.
  • The best way to manage your Alma training is by logging in to the Training Portal. Everything is there - the classes you're signed up for, any pre-work you need to complete before your class, and the prerequisites for each class.
  • For more on using the portal, please visit the Learning Alma - For Staff and Managers page on this wiki.


Documents on this wiki: Pages may still change significantly during this initial period, and updates will be made as new features and processes are introduced. Do not print out materials - pages will continue to change.


Alma Documentation Pages


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