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IMSE 8087 Library Research Help

Library Tools for Literature Searching

Borrowing books from other libraries

When a book is checked out from the MU Libraries, or when our campus libraries don't own a book, you may request a copy from a larger group of libraries called MOBIUS. You can access MOBIUS in two ways:

  • Follow links from search results pages within Discover@MU (Uncheck location checkboxes such as "MU Books" or "Ellis Library" before passing your search through to MOBIUS).
  • Search MOBIUS directly

When you locate a catalog record for a book you want, make sure it's not available at MU, and then use the Request It button to have the book sent to the MOBIUS library of your choice for pickup. Note that e-books not owned by MU cannot be borrowed from other libraries.

Screenshot of MOBIUS item with "Request It" button circled in yellow

If a book you are looking for isn't available in MOBIUS, you can expand the search to the "Prospector" group of libraries from within MOBIUS. If your book is unavailable in Prospector, try locating a copy in the Worldcat database. Follow links from Worldcat to ILL@MU to initiate an interlibrary loan request for the book.