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Replacing NExpress

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Brian Greene
br.greene [at]
(617) 373-2401

Because NExpress is based on the legacy Millennium system, it is not supported in the new Alma environment, and Northeastern University will no longer be a member library of the NExpress group. This means that you will no longer be able to place NExpress requests as of April 12, 2013.

Instead, you’ll be prompted to use ILLiad or WorldCat Local if your search results in items not held at Northeastern. WorldCat Local provides the same easy search and fast delivery as NExpress, with access to libraries both local and worldwide, and holdings of other Boston Library Consortium members are highlighted.

If you currently have NExpress materials in your possession, or if you have recently placed a NExpress order for new materials, they will still be delivered and you will be notified by email. Please call the library’s circulation desk for assistance: 617.373.8778.

Some anticipated questions & answers:

Do I still have an easy way to borrow materials not held by the Northeastern library?

Yes, you can search WorldCat Local or link to WorldCat Local directly from NUCat for materials held in the other Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries like MIT, Tufts, Boston College, and more. Note that NExpress member libraries Wellesley and Williams are also part of the BLC, so their collections will continue to be easily accessible to you via WorldCat. The WorldCat system will deliver materials to Snell Library for easy pickup in the same way that NExpress did. When you begin your search in WorldCat, select “Boston Library Consortium” from the drop-down menu.

What is the loan period and option for renewal with WorldCat?

In general, WorldCat loans have an initial 28-day loan period, with the option for one 28-day renewal.

How long will it take for the order to be processed and the materials delivered with WorldCat?

The processing time for WorldCat is 3-4 business days, in most cases (the same as with NExpress). You will be notified by email when the material is ready to pick up at Snell.


For more information on this transition, or to learn about the library’s other interlibrary loan services, please contact your subject librarian or call 617.373.2356, email: library_ask [at], or visit in person at the Digital Media Commons Information desk on the second floor of Snell Library.


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