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Exporting is the process of moving information out of Alexandria and preparing it for use in other software applications.

To access it directly, add /export to the end of your Alexandria URL.

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Field Mapping

Complete Export List

Export FAQs

With our general templates, you choose the information you want to export, whether it be for all—or a specified group—of patrons, items, and more.

Exporting item and patron records does not affect the data that exists in your Alexandria database. Only a copy of that information is exported; the original record remains intact. You can export copy, title, patron, and other records from Alexandria in MARC, MircoLIF and Tab Delimited formats.

Take some time to explore exports and set up a few Saved exports to easily access and run in the future.

Table of Contents

Create exports that only include pertinent information: patron fines, circulation groups, patrons, and items. You can also schedule exports and deliver their output via email, FTP, etc.

  • The Categories pane is on the left-hand side of the window. It contains a list of all existing export categories (e.g. Patrons). Selections from this pane act as filters, allowing you to narrow your focus and display only relevant exports.
  • The Quick and Saved tabs are in the upper-right section of the window.
  • In a Central Union, click the Switch Site icon in the top-right corner to change the site you’re working in. 
  • The Exports Selection pane is the main section near the top. It allows you to select the specific export you would like to view, modify, or perform. If you haven’t yet selected an export from this pane, you will be presented with a longer list; the Selected Export pane for Quick/Saved exports only appears after an export is selected from this list. You can filter your saved exports by keyword, operator, or by favorites.
  • The Selected Export pane, the bottom-right window, contains settings and options for the selected export in various tabs. The tabs, fields, and options change depending on the export you’ve selected in the Export Selection pane and whether you’re on the Quick or Saved tab.

Here are the categories of exports available for you. See also the Complete Exports List at the bottom of this page.

  • All Exports. This category contains all the available export types.
  • Patrons. These allow you to export records for all (or a specified group) of patrons.
  • Items. Title- and copy-based exports allow you to archive your item information, create catalogs for selected items, or modify item information using applications outside Alexandria.
  • Circulation. These allow you to export miscellaneous circulation-based data not covered by the other export types.
  • System. Special exports.
  • Researcher. Researcher statistics.

Quick Exports

When the Quick tab is selected, the Export Selection pane allows you to see the complete list of available export types; essentially, an exhaustive repository of existing exports. These templates do not store custom selection settings; they are mainly used for performing “ad-hoc” exports or as a foundation for custom Saved exports.

Exports from the Quick tab are considered “impromptu”; any modifications made to the Selections and Options tabs are discarded immediately after switching to another export category. For example, if you have the Patrons (category) ⇒ Patron Pictures (export type) selected and then click on the Items category, all information that you may have modified or provided to the Patron Pictures export will be lost; even if you were to immediately return, you would find all your settings wiped.

However, if you would like to save the Quick export you’ve just modified, click Create Saved Export at the bottom of the Selected Export pane. After adjusting the default export name (optional), your new export—including custom settings—will be added to the Saved tab.

Saved Exports

Alexandria makes it easy to build your own frequently-used, custom exports. The Saved tab contains custom exports that you (or others) have created, saved, and shared. Keep in mind that saved exports only retain the selection criteria used to create the export, not the results of the export itself.

Select a export from the Export Selection pane to populate the Selected Export pane below. Saved exports tabs—Overview, Selections, Options, Notification, Schedule, and FTP—contain settings that are essential to how your exports are ordered, organized, and presented. 

Saved exports can then be run, modified, duplicated, or removed.

  • Duplicate an existing saved export.
  • Remove a saved export.

Select an export then press Create Saved Export at the bottom of the window.

The Overview tab serves as an export summary. It includes the title (e.g. Export Unpaid Fines), export creator, usage notes (e.g. Run at the end of each month to import into our money management software.), and allows you to mark it as a favorite or shared.

Name your saved export and include any notes as to the purpose of the export. You can also mark it as a favorite.

Name. Enter or edit the name of the export here (e.g. Export Unpaid Fines).

Created by. This information is automatically populated with the creator’s name and site ID code.

Notes. You can provide general usage notes here.

Favorite. Mark the export as a favorite. You can filter the results in the Export Selection pane to show only those marked as Favorite, which is especially helpful if you find yourself running the same exports regularly.

Shared. Mark the export as shared. You can filter the results in the Export Selection pane to show only those marked as Shared. Sharing frequently-used exports with other operators is often helpful when particular exports are frequently performed.


Use these settings to schedule this export to run on a regular basis. For example, if you want it to run every Saturday at 10:00 p.m, set the following: 

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • On: Saturday
  • At: 10:00 PM
The scheduled time is the time the export is added to your Operations queue. Depending on how busy your queue is, the export may or may not be complete at that exact time.

Schedule. Check this box to unlock the scheduling capabilities.

Frequency. This dropdown menu allows you to specify how often you would like to repeat this export: Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly.

On. The options here depend on the frequency you selected above.

  • Once. Choose the date to run this export.
  • Daily. On options are not necessary.
  • Weekly. Choose the day the export will run each week.
  • Monthly. Choose the date the export will run each month.
  • Yearly. Choose the month and date the export will run each year.

At. Choose the time of day, including a.m. or p.m., to run the export.


Here you can enable an email confirmation and link to download the file to be sent to the recipient(s) of your choice once the export is complete.

Enable Email Notification. Check this box if you want to enable email notifications to be sent upon completion.

Email Notification To. Enter the recipient email addresses. You can provide more than one email address separated by commas.

  • For example:,

The Selections tab is where you build, format, arrange, limit and/or expand the export to suit your needs. If you find some of your exports lacking the necessary selection information, try checking the Show Additional Selections box for more options. The settings in this tab vary per export.

Choose sort and format options here. The settings in this tab vary per export.

Field Mapping

Open an export, then go to the Options tab and click Select Fields. For an Items exports, the Tab Delimited format must be selected. 

Specify which fields to export and in what order they will be included in the file. Data is imported in sequential order. Use the up and down arrows to change the order of the fields, or click on a field to exclude it from the import. Fields with a green checkmark will be exported, and fields with a red  x will not.

When you’ve finished selecting and ordering the fields, click Set, then save or run your export.

See Import Field Mapping for fields that are exported.

Alexandria can save finished exports to an FTP server. These options allow you to specify the (secure) FTP server address and username/password credentials. See also COMPanion FT Service.

Textbook Tracker Export interface is the same as Alexandria Library (just with different colors). The exports that are available, and the selections/options, will vary.

  • Export Patrons (Alex/TT)
  • Export Patron Fines
  • Export Patrons for SAFARI Montage
  • Export Patron Pictures (Alex/TT)
  • Export Items, Copy Based
  • Export Items, Title Based
  • Export Items, Titles Only
  • Export Textbooks

Export Circulation

Export circulation / transaction records for review or backup.

  • Export Textbook Circulation
Export Log


Exports a log of the system. Usually you will use this only at the direction of Customer Support.

Log timestamp: Enter a date range or relative date of system log information you would like to export. The default is from the current date at midnight to the current date and time. It will export as a tab-delimited .txt file.

Log Source: Select Circulation to just export circulation logs. 

Export User Sessions


User Sessions export shows login/logout/session data. Data is typically available for the last six months.

Log timestamp: Enter a date range or relative date of system log information you would like to export. The default is from the current date at midnight to the current date and time. It will export as a tab-delimited .txt file.




Exports FAQ

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