WMS NCIP Service

A Web service to handle common library user-facing functions based on the industry standard NCIP functionality (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol, also known as Z39.83). Part of the suite of APIs related to OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

  • Status: Production
  • Sandbox access: Yes

What you get

NCIP message to support library staff functions:

  • Circulate library materials
  • Manage hold requests for materials

As well as patron functionality:

  • Retrieve user account (checkouts, holds, fines)
  • Place and update library holds for materials

Who can use it

Access is available for libraries that use OCLC's WorldShare Management Systems.

Commercial partnerships are also available.

Authentication & Authorization

The WMS APIs supports the WSKey HMAC Signature and Access Token patterns.

API requests also require attribution to a WorldShare user. Details about on user-level authorization are available in the authentication and authorization overview.