Create a List in MERLIN:
You can create lists containing two or more items from your account on MERLIN. This is a helpful tool for keeping various amounts of materials organized. Log in to your account, browse the MERLIN catalog, checking the box on the right hand side for items that you want to add to a list. Then click on the box to create a link on the top of the results page. You will be prompted to name the list and can add notes for your convenience.
When you log in to your account on MERLIN, you will be offered the opportunity to opt in to "Reading History." If you choose to do so, then MERLIN will track the items that you have checked out (only from MERLIN libraries; this feature is unavailable for MOBIUS). Creating a history is optional and has implications under Missouri discovery laws. Please read the opt in information available on your account home page for more information.
Send a MERLIN Record Via Text:
When you have located an item in MERLIN, you can click on the "Send Via Text" box toward the top of the page, enter your phone number, and receive the title, location, and call number of the item that you have chosen.
At MU, two library catalogs are available to faculty, staff, and students.
The larger catalog is MOBIUS, which is self-described as consisting of " 59 academic libraries, 2 public libraries, and the Missouri State Library. The organization's purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods. Today, the MOBIUS Union Catalog has expanded to include more than 23 million items, serving over 750,000 people from the higher education community and the state of Missouri."
MERLIN is one part (called a "cluster") of MOBIUS and is comprised of "the catalogs of the libraries of the University of Missouri system." MERLIN includes the MU Law Library catalog.
Not Just Books
Honestly, the MU Law Library catalog isn't just for books anymore. You'll find links to electronic resources in Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline, and other research databases.
If you find an item in another MERLIN library that is unavailable on MU's campus and would like to borrow it then you can do so by following these steps:
Click on the "Request Item" button.
At the next screen:
If available in another library, requested items generally arrive in 2-4 days. We will notify you and place the item in your mailbox for easy retrieval. MU faculty, staff and students can view their accounts by going to the "My Library Account" tab on MERLIN's home page.
If you find an item in MOBIUS that you wish to borrow, then follow these steps:
Click on "Request this Item".
You will be asked, "With which cluster are you affiliated?" Select MERLIN and click on the "Submit information" button.
At the next screen:
Finding the items you need in a new library is always a challenge. On the library's webpage, you will find floor maps of the law library, information about accessibility, and the library's hours. Honestly, though, you may not need to know the library hours because you will have 24 hour access with your University ID.
Sometimes it is nice to know who to ask. Your library liaison is always a great person to ask, but you can always ask at the Reference Desk, or use our webpage to see who does what at the MU Law Library.
Details about the MERLIN and MOBIUS systems can be found at the MERLIN FAQ page.