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WorldCat Navigator at a glance

WorldCat Navigator provides seamless resource sharing within your library consortium and beyond. The service manages returnable and nonreturnable items, and integrates with internal circulation systems and the wider OCLC resource sharing network to create a superior discovery-to-delivery tool that saves time for library users and increases efficiency for library staff working in library groups.


WorldCat Navigator is a robust solution for library groups that are considering borrowing solutions. WorldCat Navigator’s scalability supports the expanding needs of your group.

  • A single workflow for consortia requests and interlibrary loan processing
  • Reduces turnaround times due to automation of the request management process
  • Simplifies the discovery process for library users through the user-friendly WorldCat search box and Web interface
  • Increase user satisfaction by providing one request interface for discovery and delivery; users will discover items and view availability across local, consortial and ILL options
  • Maximize the value of a consortial collection to provide clickable, real-time availability information, unmediated request management and circulation integration with your ILS for all group members that hold an item
  • Streamline resource sharing processes by eliminating redundant activities and reducing staff touch points in the request cycle
  • Enhances your current resource sharing with seamless access to resources of libraries outside your group


  • Fully automates the entire ILL management process
  • Integration with local systems
  • Users only have to authenticate once per browser session and are able to easily move between the WorldCat Navigator interface and native resource interfaces without re-entering login information
  • Flexible and configurable solution with options
  • Supports both mediated and unmediated requests
  • Checks holdings and availability information
  • Physical and electronic discovery and delivery for any format
  • Manages US, UK and Australian copyright

Standards implemented

  • Circulation integration via NCIP, SIP -HTML OPAC (“screen scraping”) Download Port
  • Z39.50—search and retrieval of bibliographic information and document location
  • ISO ILL—for document requesting
  • GEDI—electronic document delivery
  • OpenURL—document requesting and full-text linking
  • More to come

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