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New Loan Periods and Delivery

Document Delivery

  • “Document Delivery” is now called “Scan and Deliver Articles.” It is the same service with a new name. Learn more about our Scan and Deliver services.
  • Through the University Libraries MERLIN catalog, you can request that any library items be delivered to any Circulation Desk for pickup. Consult a campus libraries map to find the library most convenient for you.

Loan Period Changes for Faculty

Loan period changes for books

  • MU Libraries are 4 months and unlimited renewals
  • Other UM campus libraries are 4 months and 2 renewals
  • MOBIUS 4 weeks and 3 renewals

Loan period changes for bound journals

  • MU Libraries 2 weeks and 1 renewal
  • UMLD (MST and UMKC) are 2 weeks and 1 renewal

Embed Library Resources in Blackboard

Faculty can now add the Library Resource Tool to their Blackboard and Canvas course pages. This tool allows students to connect to what they need alongside all of their other course information, links, discussions, etc., without sending students outside their browser window or mobile app. Faculty can embed subject guides, course guides and/or E-Reserves. Resources and tutorials on how to add these items to Blackboard and Canvas are available on our webpage.

New Tech Tools @ Your Library

Discover @ MU

You may notice some changes on the MU Libraries homepage. Over the summer, our team of electronic resource specialists implemented a new discovery tool: a simple and fast search engine that helps you find relevant information on any topic from the University of Missouri Libraries’ collections.  Results contain citations for scholarly journal articles, books and e-books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, and many more resources. Give Discover @ MU a try, and if you have any questions, please contact the Ellis Library Reference Desk (ask@missouri.email.libanswers.com).

Embed Library Resources in Canvas and Blackboard

Did you know you could place direct links to resources within 40,000 journals and almost 300 databases within Canvas, BlackBoard, E-Reserves, on web pages? Linking and embedding provide easy access for students to exactly what faculty want them to use.  There are no copyright concerns – the link is to something for which we've already paid – and linking provides usage stats, so that we do not cancel highly used materials. Find out more about linking library content.

Extended Chat Hours

Do you and your students need research help? You can ask a librarian for help using our chat service–now available almost 24 hours a day. During the day you can chat with MU librarians and library staff. At night, we offer access to a chat reference service called ChatStaff. They will be able to answer most research questions, except for some that are Mizzou-specific. To access the chat service and see what hours chat reference is available, visit libraryanswers.missouri.edu.


Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

home Resources and Services Three Steps to Get the Most from Your Library this Semester

Three Steps to Get the Most from Your Library this Semester

Want to be more productive, research more effectively, and be more innovative in your teaching?  Your Libraries can help with that!  Add these three steps to your to-do list, and let us help you and your students on the path to success.

  1. Put your subject librarian on speed dial.  Did you know you have a dedicated consultant to help you with your research and teaching?  Subject librarians and specialists teach students and faculty about research resources, help you find information, answer your teaching and research questions, and select books and journals purchased by the MU Libraries. They are also available for personal appointments to discuss research projects or problems. Find your subject specialist.
  2. Register for a workshop. Our Fridays @ The Library workshop series covers resources and tools that can make your academic life easier.  It works on your schedule, too. You can sign up for face-to-face sessions in the library, or participate online from anywhere via Blackboard Collaborate. Browse workshops.
  3. Schedule a library instruction session. Librarians can help you teach students the skills to find, evaluate, and use quality resources for your research assignments. You can bring your class to the library for a customized instruction session or have us visit your class, in person or online. More information about instruction services.

Extra credit: take a look at our new and improved Research Services page, and let us know what you think.


Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.