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Interlibrary Loan

Getting Help

We have several convenient ways to get help.

  • Drop by the library between the hours of 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday and ask for a librarian at our service desk.
  • Use our Ask Us service. 
  • Send an email to
  • Call us at (573) 341-4008.
  • Make an appointment with you subject librarian by clicking the button on the right.

How Interlibrary Loan Works


When we receive your request, we:

  • Review the request to ensure we have adequate information
  • Verify the item is not available in our Library.
  • Verify the item is not available from any MERLIN/MOBIUS libraries
  • Search libraries and other possible sources for the item
  • Request the item. The request goes to a series of libraries until one confirms that they can supply it. Each library has up to four business days to make this determination
  • Examine and check in the item
  • Notify patron the item is ready for pick-up or mail the item

Shipping time varies. Article and book chapters usually take from two to ten days. Books and theses typically take longer, five to 14 days. Since this is a cooperative process between libraries, we cannot guarantee delivery times.