Large Zotero library runs REALLY slow

I'm one of two people at Brown University that help support Zotero use among faculty and students. I'm lucky that Zotero is so robust that I don't need to do much on this end.

Recently, however, I had a grad student stop by with a Zotero library that is running REALLY slowly and that is making his. I suspect that part of the problem is that he has more than 7GB of PDFs included in the library, but I don't know if that actually does impact Zotero performance.

His computer is a 2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.5Ghz i5 processor, using 10GB of DDR3 RAM. His hard drive is 500GB and he has 83GB free at the present, so there's plenty of space for him to work with.

I've been reading about the Zotero 5.0 Beta, and perhaps the performance boosts in that codebase will help him, but I wanted to ask for other suggestions.

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