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How to Find a Book

Looking for a book? This guide can help you find a book in our Library, at other academic libraries in Missouri, and help you place an Interlibrary Loan request.

Finding and Using Books

Books are a great resource for general information, background information, and in-depth coverage of a topic. 

You can find Books and eBooks through the Library's Discovery Search or the Library Catalog/Books search from the search options on the Library page. For help locating books in the UHSP Library see the At UHSP page of this guide. 


If you can't find a book in the UHSP collection, try searching MOBIUS.

MOBIUS is a large consortium of academic libraries in Missouri and surrounding states, plus several large public libraries. MOBIUS libraries share books with other member libraries for free. If a book you want is at the UMSL Library, they’ll send it to us free of charge for you to borrow!

Please note that licensing agreements do not allow libraries to loan ebooks; MOBIUS can only be used for print materials.

There are several nearby MOBIUS libraries that you can visit and use your UHSP ID to check out books. See the MOBIUS and Nearby Libraries pages for more information. 


Occasionally, the book you are looking for may not be available in MOBIUS.

When that happens, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request for the book. Library Staff will then search worldwide to find another library that owns the book and is willing to let us borrow it.

Interlibrary Loan is a free service for UHSP faculty, staff, students, residents, and preceptors. For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan page of this guide. 

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