Local Library Resources (Including MERLIN/MOBIUS)
- A good place to look for library services is your local public library, or, if you are near one, a local college or university library.
- If you are near a UM campus (Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City, Rolla) you may use the library on that campus and borrow books from it using your MU ID card .
- If you are near a MOBIUS library, you may also use that library and borrow books from it using your MU ID card.
- Contact your local library by calling, visiting or browsing the library's web pages to ascertain borrowing policies.
Library staff can give you information on how to obtain a borrower's card and can inform you as to whether or not there is a fee.
- Each library, public or academic, sets its own borrowing policies which vary from library to library.
Publicly supported institutions may be more generous in their borrowing policies than private institutions.
The academic library's main mission is to support the research and teaching function of the faculty, staff, and students on campus, but many provide fee-based services to the local community.
- If you need a book which the library doesn't own, ask if the library borrows books from other libraries (interlibrary loan).
- If your local library cannot find a lending library which owns the book you want, contact your distance education Liaison Librarian for assistance.
- Find a college or university libraries near you which belongs to the MOBIUS consortium.
- To locate public libraries on the web in your area, go to USA Public Libraries (Libraries on the Web)
Try Open WorldCat for all libraries in your area.
- If all of the above fail, your MU Liaison Librarian will do everything within reason to help you -- but we cannot guarantee success. Contact your Liaison Librarian.