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MOBIUS Introduction

MOBIUS, also known as Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, is a consortium of academic libraries with member colleges and universities in the state of Missouri. The largest single project for which MOBIUS is responsible is the Common Library Platform. The CLP creates a virtual collection of the more than 17 million items contained in the libraries of MOBIUS member institutions and creates a single user interface that allows faculty and students to request library materials using any personal computer in any location with access to the Internet. Requested materials are delivered within one or two days of being requested by the MOBIUS Delivery System.

View a full list of MOBIUS member libraries

MOBIUS is divided into clusters of libraries that share a common database. These clusters are generally organized according to geographic proximity. AGTS is a member of the SWAN cluster (Southwest Academic Network). In addition to the AGTS library, this cluster includes the libraries of the following institutions: Baptist Bible College, Cottey College, Crowder College, Drury University, Missouri Southern State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Southwest Baptist University, and Missouri State University.

What Does All of This Mean to Me?

You should be aware of the following:

  • AGTS shares a common OPAC with all of the other SWAN libraries. This means that you can easily switch back and forth through the various library collections when you are searching in the Web OPAC (the online catalog). You can also search all of the collections simultaneously. However, this also means that you must pay close attention to which specific library you are searching.
  • You can now place requests through the Web OPAC for books from any of the SWAN libraries. When these requests are filled by other SWAN libraries, the books will be sent by courier service to the AGTS Library and you will be able to pick up the items from the AGTS Library Circulation Desk. You will no longer need to vist these libraries in person in order to check out or return books. For detailed instructions concerning how to place these requests online, please refer to the Library Handbook
  • You can search the holdings of the entire MOBIUS consortium (including the libraries from all of the other clusters) in the MOBIUS Union Catalog and place requests for items that you wish to borrow. The books will be sent by the same courier service and you wil be able to pick up the items from the AGTS Library Circulation Desk. For detailed instructions concerning how to place these requests online, please refer to the Library Handbook

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