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Mizzou Must-Reads: How to
find books

In 2014, professors at the University of Missouri celebrated its 175th anniversary by recommending 175 influential books.

Google Books - Find and Preview

Why use Google Books?

Google Books searches within the text of books, and allows you to preview books online.  Google provides access to read through the table of contents, index, and typically even parts of chapters or selected pages.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library, through the dropdown list "Get this book in print:"  

Google Book Search

Finding Books in a Library Near You

WorldCAT : Clicking on book titles in this guide will redirect you to WorldCAT, an international catalog containing over 95 million records of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. 

WorldCAT will provide information on which libraries in the area have a copy of the book you are looking for.  This catalog only contains information on public libraries and university libraries, so be sure to check with your school librarian or catalog if you want to borrow a specific title from your school.

Check here for a list of Missouri Public Libraries and their web pages by city.

A few of the public library systems in Missouri:

DBRL: The Daniel Boone Regional Library is the public library for Columbia as well as Boone and Callaway Counties.  System-wide, DBRL has a collection of over 550,000 items, including fiction and non-fiction books, music, and DVDs.

KCPL: The Kansas Citiy Public Library consists of 10 branches and provides for close to 2 million residents.

SLCL: The Saint Louis County Library has 20 branch libraries, providing resources and services for the residents of StL County.

SLPL: The Saint Louis Public Library system dates back to 1865 and consists of 15 branches and 4.6 million items in its collection.


Finding Books @ an MU Library

The call numbers listed in this guide based on the call number locations at the University of Missouri Libraries, and can be used to determine the location of a book on the MU campus.

MERLIN : Use the Library Catalog to find books at MU and the other campuses of the University of Missouri. If we don't have the book here at MU or if our copy is checked out, you can request it from another UM library by searching ALL MERLIN.

MOBIUS : If the book you need is not available through MERLIN, you can request it from MOBIUS, a statewide network of  Missouri college and university libraries.

ILL:  If the book you need is not available through MERLIN or MOBIUS, you can request it via ILL (Interlibrary Loan), and the text will be provided from a library outside of Missouri.