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.
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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, Forest Instittue of Professional Psychology, Missouri Southern State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Southwest Baptist University, and Missouri State University.
What Does All of This Mean to Me?
AGTS shares a common Web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) 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. 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.
In addition to the common SWAN Online Catalog, you can also search the MOBIUS Union Catalog online. This catalog includes the holdings of every MOBIUS library in the state, including the holdings of AGTS and SWAN.
AGTS students, faculty, and staff members can also borrow books from SWAN and other MOBIUS libraries using one of the following methods:
- 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 them up from the AGTS library Circulation Desk. You can also return the books to the Circulation Desk and AGTS will ship the books back to the lending library.
- Place requests through the MOBIUS Union Catalog for books from MOBIUS libraries that are not part of SWAN. When these requests are filled, the books will be sent by the same courier service to the AGTS library and you will be able to pick them up from the AGTS library Circulation Desk. Again, AGTS will ship the books back to the lending library for you when you turn them in to the Circulation Desk.
- Visit one of the SWAN or MOBIUS libraries in person and check out books at that location. (However, MOBIUS recommends that you use the online catalogs as much as is reasonably possible.) You can also return these books to the AGTS Circulation Desk and AGTS will ship them back to the lending library.
You can also request photocopies of journal articles from other SWAN and MOBIUS libraries through traditional Interlibrary Loan.
You can learn more about SWAN by visiting the SWAN FAQ page.
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