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How do I get a library card?
University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty, staff, and students use their University ID card as a library card. Other patrons need to go to the Public Service Desk at the Thomas Jefferson Library and request a card.
How do I check out materials?
You may borrow library materials by presenting your valid University ID card or a valid library card.
How many books am I allowed to check out?
It depends on your patron group status. However, there is no limit if you are a University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty, staff, or student. There is a two item limit for reserve materials for all patrons.
How much do I pay if I lose a book?
The minimum replacement cost for a lost book is $120.00 plus a $10.00 processing fee.
How long can I keep a book?
Loan periods vary according to the type of patron and owning libraries. See this detailed table with loan periods.
How can I get a book that is already checked out?
You may place a hold on any checked out item except reserve materials. This can be accomplished through the MOBIUS union catalog. By placing a hold, the book cannot be renewed. When the book is returned it will be placed on the hold shelf at the Public Service Desk and you will be sent either an e-mail notice or a letter notifying you to the book is available for check out.
Who is eligible for Library Distance Learner Services?
The Libraries of the University of Missouri - St. Louis provide services to support our distance learning students. We define distance learners as students who are currently enrolled in University of Missouri - St. Louis credit, fee-based distance education courses and do not also attend classes on the University of Missouri - St. Louis Normandy campus. Please see the Distance Students page for more information.