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Distance Learning: Finding Books & Reference Resources

A guide to finding resources and services for students who complete classes online or at locations away from the Springfield campus.

Finding Books

SWAN – Use SWAN to find books, government documents, maps, media, and other materials located in the library.

MOBIUS – is a statewide consortium of mostly college and university libraries. Search the MOBIUS catalog to borrow books from other consortium members and request books for delivery to MSU’s libraries. Most MOBIUS items arrive in 2-3 days. Go to Circulation for pick-up. If you fill out a notification form at Circulation, they will e-mail you when your item arrives.

WORLDCAT – is OCLC’s union catalog of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide. The database includes all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries across North America, offers millions of bibliographic records, and includes records representing 400 languages. It is the of the library world. Interlibrary loan features are integrated into the database. 

Interlibrary Loan – If you cannot find the items you need at Meyer, or through MOBIUS, the Interlibrary Loan Department will order the materials you need. Some fees may apply. The online order form is at Interlibrary Loan, phone: 836-4540


Location Guide

General Books

A-P call numbers are located on the Second Level

Q-Z call numbers are located on the Lower Level

Reference Books

Located on the First Level past the Research Help Desk.


Located on the Lower Level by call number

Bound periodicals located in the compact shelves

Maps of the library are also located at the Reference Desk. 



This short tutorial demonstrates how to order a book from the MOBIUS shared library catalog system.


Downloading E-Books