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Interlibrary Loan Information

Scan & Deliver Articles
Articles from MU print collections scanned and delivered to your email at no charge! Request articles as usual via FindIt@MU “Request a Copy” and interlibrary loan (ILL@MU).


  • Books checked out may be recalled.
    The Library reserves the right to recall all books after two weeks of use if requested by another MU borrower.
  • Materials needed for reserve may be recalled at any time. Students, staff, faculty, and courtesy borrowers are charged fines for overdue recalled books at the rate of $2.00 per day.
  • To avoid fines, please return recalled items by the new due date on the e-mail notice that is sent to you.



Recalled books / media $2.00 per day
Items on hourly reserve $2.00 per hour
Items on 1-, 3-, 7- day reserve $10.00 per day
Equipment on hourly reserve $2.00 per hour

Equipment on 1-, 3-, 7- day reserve

$10.00 per day

Patrons may renew books online at Discover@MU


Bills/Replacements Costs

  • If the items are not returned within 15 days of the overdue notice, a bill for replacement will be issued by the University.
  • MU Libraries will be unable to reduce or waive fines after this point.
  • The Libraries' item replacement bill is $175 for books.
  • Patrons have the option of purchasing a replacement copy independent of the library to reduce the cost.
    • Please consult with Ellis Library Circulation at (573)882-3362 or the library listed on your fine notice, prior to purchasing a replacement copy.
    • Replacement must be the same or a newer edition. Hardcover is preferred.
    • Replacement is subject to evaluation by appropriate library personnel.
    • Replacement must be in prime condition to be added to our library collection.
    • Damaged copies, including pencil or ink marks, will not be considered
  • Equipment replacement costs vary.

Please direct inquiries to the Ellis Circulation Desk (573)882-3362 or the branch library phone number listed on your fine notice.



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