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Interlibrary Loan/MOBIUS

Interlibrary Loan

Book/Microfilm Request

A book not owned by B.D. Owens Library or available through MOBIUS may be borrowed from other libraries.

When it arrives, you'll be notified by Northwest e-mail.

Article Request

Magazine, newspaper, and journal articles not available via our databases or in our collection can be requested from other libraries. You will receive an email with article access information or a PDF attached.


More information about what, how, cost, and how long.

Limitations on Borrowing

ILL is not intended for extensive borrowing by individuals. Research topics should be selected according to the resources on hand and those resources should be exhausted before making an ILL request. If large numbers of items needed for a project are located at another library, arrangements should be made to use them at that library.

Who May Borrow

Northwest Missouri State University employees and their spouses, faculty emeriti, and currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to use ILL.

Loan Period

The lending library sets the loan period and any restrictions on the use of the materials. Requests for renewals must be submitted to the ILL Office at least two days prior to the due date.

Costs for Using ILL

Borrowers may use cash or personal checks made out to Northwest Missouri State University to pay for Interlibrary Loan charges if applicable.

For Books:
At the time of the request the borrower must indicate their expense limit. We will notify the lending library of your limit. Materials which exceed your limit will not be ordered.

For Periodicals
Costs for ordering articles from specialized libraries or international journals, which exceeds $20.00, will be passed on to the borrower. If the charges exceed the expense limit, the borrower will be notified and given the option of changing their limit. A borrower cannot cancel a photocopy request once it has been ordered from another library. Items with these charges will not be released to the borrower until all charges have been paid.

Length of Time It Takes to Receive Materials

The length of time between the request and the delivery of materials depends on the location of the lending library and the method of delivery utilized by the lending library. Each ILL request will be processed as quickly as possible. Allow at least two weeks for delivery. Borrowers must note a last usable date on the online request form. ASAP is not acceptable. If the requested material is not received by this date, it will automatically be canceled. Borrowers are responsible for charges on all materials exceeding $20.00 received/delivered before the requested last usable date.

MOBIUS Lending

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Since its founding in 1998, the library consortium MOBIUS has transformed library services for the citizens of Missouri. The consortium’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 25 million items, serving over 1.5 million people from the higher education community and the state of Missouri. MOBIUS has 70 members, which include 61 academic libraries, four public libraries, two special libraries, the Missouri State Library, and two Associate Members, serving a total of 143 physical branches.



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