Library Web Services

The BIC Library Web Services project is working with the BIC Library Communication Framework (LCF) and NISO FASTEN projects to create a set of standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for use in the library community. The BIC Library Web Services project specifically addresses use cases between libraries and their suppliers of physical books, eBooks and metadata. 

The list of APIs being developed by this project is detailed in the Project Addendum. In summary, these are:

  1. Price & Availability (P&A) 
  2. Quotes List
  3. Quotes
  4. Order
  5. Order List
  6. Order Status Enquiry
  7. Order Cancellation
  8. Retrieve Metadata – MARC for a specified quality level (e.g. Skeleton, Best) 

If there is both sufficient industry adoption of the APIs (listed above) and subsequent demand for others to be developed, BIC will consider running a follow-up project for additional APIs in 2020 - these will be covered by a new policy document.

The BIC Library Web Services Review Group - which meets on an annual basis - will maintain the standard and keep an eye on the number of implementations. Its next meeting will take place on Thursday 9th January 2020. Any BIC Members wishing to join this Review Group should email: info@bic.org.uk.  

To find out more about the BIC Library Web Services project, see the following documents:

Project Brief

BIC Library API Policy for Implementers

 

Endorsements
The following organisations publically endorse the use of BIC Library Web Services:

GOLD LEVEL ENDORSERS:
Gold Level policy endorsers commit to implementing the BIC Library Web Services within 18 months of publication. 

  • Askews & Holts Library Services
  • Bertram Library Services
  • Bibliographic Data Services (BDS)
  • Bromley Libraries 
  • Civica
  • Coventry University
  • Dawson Books 
  • Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries 
  • Imperial College London
  • Infor
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
  • University of Brighton Library 
  • The University of Liverpool Library
  • University of Nottingham Libraries 
  • Westminster Libraries

 

SILVER LEVEL ENDORSERS:
Silver Level policy endorsers commit to working with BIC to develop these standards-based APIs and bring them to market as soon as is practicable.

  • Bibliotheca 
  • Nielsen Book
  • SirsiDynix
  • University of Oxford Libraries


Read what our endorsers have to say about BIC Library Web Services, here. 

 

The BIC Library Web Services Implementation Guide (v0.9)
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The Pilot (v0.9) BIC Library Web Services
The following APIs are initial releases for pilot implementations version 0.9.
Please notify BIC when starting to deploy these messages and feed back any issues when piloting by logging on to the GitHub repository for BIC Library Web Services, here
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1. Order Request and Response API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

2. Order Status Enquiry and Report API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

3. Retrieve Order List API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

4. Retrieve Price and Availability API:

API specification | WDSL | XSD

5. Retrieve Quotation API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

6. Retrieve Quotation List API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

7. Request Order Cancellation API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD

8. Retrieve MARC Product Information API:

API specification | WSDL | XSD