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How to find books

Finding books using Discover@MU

Our new library catalog, which we share with the UM System Libraries, launched on June 22, 2022. The catalog is now integrated with the search box on the homepage. This search includes our books, DVDs, recordings, and other physical materials, as well as articles, e-books, journals, videos, and other digital materials from library databases. 

Search MU bar

Find books owned by MU Libraries 
Use the search box on the homepage of the MU library website to find and request books and other physical items. You can search by topic or keyword, or by title or author for specific items. If you know the title of the item you need, use quotation marks to search, e.g. “Living Nations, Living Words”. Choose the filter UM Books to limit to items at the University of Missouri campuses.

Refine results menu in Discover@MU with UM books filter

You will  see books available at the other UM Libraries. Click Show More to see if MU has a copy.

Show more circled in red

Locate books in the Library

Book results will show you:

  • Which campus library holds the book (look for MU in the location, and if you don't see it, click "Show More" to see more locations)
  • The Call Number for the book - be sure to write this down or text the call #, before going to the shelves to find the book.
  • If the book is in Ellis Library, use this guide to determine the location of the call number in the building.
  • A "Place Request" button which will allow you to have the book pulled for you (note: this process is not necessarily the fastest way to get the book, as it depends on circulation staff having extra time to retrieve the book for you).

image of book record for the book: Peaceful Families: American Muslim efforts against domestic violence

View your library account

See the list of materials you have borrowed, view their due dates, or renew your loan on materials (extend the due date) by logging into your library account.
1.  On the MU library website, click the My Accounts link in the gold bar near the top of the screen.
2  Choose View My MU Libraries Account. Use your MU username and password to log in (what you use to log into myZou
View MU Libraries account

3.  At the next screen, choose either My Library Account or My Loans (both in the black top bar).
My library account

4.  Under View my MU Libraries Account you can opt to renew books currently checked out from any UM Library (if title is eligible for renewal).

Note: Most items can be renewed up to five times for UM affiliates. If you need to renew a sixth time, you must bring the physical item to a campus library along with your MU ID card. See the Loan Periods page for the loan periods for different categories of library material and borrowers.

To manage items you have borrowed from either MOBIUS or Prospector, click on View my MOBIUS Checkouts. You will also use your MU user name and password to access this information.

View MOBIUS checkouts