Will I need a new library card?
No, you will continue to use the same library card after we migrate to LMxAC.
Will the catalog that we use to search for books be the same?
No. Westfield will be migrating from our current catalog to a more sophisticated one managed by LMxAC. It will be able to search for items in all the LMxAC libraries, not just Westfield. It will look a little different and have a few more bells and whistles, but many functions of the catalog will stay the same.
Will I still be able to place Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests from libraries outside of LMxAC?
Yes. If an item is not available through LMxAC, it can still be requested through traditional Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
What is the difference between LMxAC and the existing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system?
The process for placing holds will be much more seamless, and the items will be delivered much quicker. If an item is available through LMxAC, it should be delivered in several days, as opposed to several weeks through traditional Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
What can I borrow from other LMxAC libraries?
Books (including New Books), CDs, DVDs, magazines, and other items. But some LMxAC libraries may not lend all items to Westfield cardholders.
Will I be able to return books from other LMxAC libraries to Westfield?
Yes. You will also be able to return Westfield materials to other LMxAC libraries.
Can I place holds on items at other LMxAC libraries?
Yes. You will be able to place holds on items owned by other LMxAC libraries and have them sent to Westfield.
Will Westfield still participate in M.U.R.A.L.?
Yes. But Westfield residents will have automatic access to a majority of MURAL libraries in Middlesex and Union counties through LMxAC.
Will I still be able to access Hoopla, Libby by Overdrive, Kanopy, and other digital content? What about databases?
Yes, you will still have access to all of Westfield’s databases and digital content.
Can I attend programs at other LMxAC libraries?
Membership in LMxAC has no impact on library events. Some libraries may place certain limitations on programs. But many library events are open to all regardless of residency. Check with the LMxAC library before registering or attending an event at their library.