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Alma Circulation Training

Registering a community patron

These instructions are ONLY for creating a Community User completely unaffiliated with SUNY Broome only. DO NOT use this for a student from another SUNY, a prospective student, or new student whose SIS records haven't yet made it into Alma. 

First, search for a previous record of the user by searching for the patron in the Manage Patron Services screen. Please note you can enter their name in either order, First Name first, or Last Name first. Once you've verified they do not have an account, click on the "Register New User":



On the next screen, you will see a list of fields. The fields with red asterisks are required fields. Fill out all the required fields:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Primary identifier (library card barcode)
  • User group: Select "Community"
  • Expiration Date: Select 1 year from that day
  • Purge Date: Select 1 year from the expiration date 
  • Email 
  • Address (not a required field but please enter Address)
  • Phone number (not a required field but please enter if they can provide)

Click "Save" once you've entered all the above fields.

Please note: If you start with scanning the barcode into the "Primary identifier" field, you will be presented with warning messages that alerts you that you need to complete the remaining required fields: