Who may borrow items?
Missouri State Library card holders in good standing may borrow items from the Reference Services Division of the Missouri State Library. Public patrons may borrow items in person or via interlibrary loan at their local public library. Missouri state government employees, legislators, and public library directors, branch managers, and staff may request materials for pick up in person or for delivery.
What items may be borrowed:
Items in the General, Missouriana, Training Media, and MoDOT collections may be checked out by registered patrons in good standing.
Items in the Reference, MoDOT Reference, Missouri Libraries Historical Collection, Microforms, and Newspapers and Periodicals Collection may only be used in the library. A Reference librarian or the MoDOT librarian may be asked to make an exception to this policy. If an exception is made, the librarian will determine the loan period, usually 1-7 days.
Public patrons may only borrow items in the Reference Services Division of the Missouri State Library.
Is there a limit on how many items may be checked out?
Yes, the limit is 10.
How long may items be checked out?
Most books may be checked out for 28 days. Media borrowed from MOBIUS partner libraries may be checked out for 10 days.
May items be renewed?
Media borrowed from MOBIUS partner libraries may not be renewed. All other items may be renewed two times, unless items have been requested by another patron or the items have gone into billing status. Each renewal period is 28 days.
It is the patron’s responsibility to return borrowed materials on or before the due date or to contact Reference Services at the Missouri State Library if unable to do so. Unless items are damaged, all overdue fees will be waived when the items are returned. Please contact Reference Services if there is a problem returning items.
Overdue items will go into billing status if they are not returned promptly. Patrons with overdue items will have a blocked account and will not be able to request or check out materials until the account is cleared.
As members of Missouri’s state government community using our common resources, all library users are responsible for maintaining our library collections. Library use is a privilege extended to those who recognize that the collections are resources to be shared with current and future users and who observe the regulations and procedures established to make materials accessible to all.
Abusing library materials may result in the revocation of library borrowing privileges. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:
MOBIUS & Interlibrary Loans
Borrowing materials from another library is a privilege, not a right. Borrowers must abide by the rules, guidelines and policies of the lending library. Abusing these privileges may result in the library revoking your circulation privileges. Any transaction a borrower makes at another library is that borrower's responsibility. Borrowers requesting books via Interlibrary Loan are bound by the policies of the lending institution.
Books are inspected for damage before they are checked out to the patron. The patron will be held responsible for any damage beyond normal wear and tear that is not noted on the front endpapers of a Missouri State Library item or on the book band of a partner library item.
Replacement of Lost/Damaged items:
If an item is damaged or lost, a replacement copy, or payment for a replacement copy, will be required to clear the patron’s account. The replacement copy must be the same or a later edition of the damaged item. The replacement copy must be approved by the Director of Reference Services if it is a replacement for a Missouri State Library item or by the loaning library if it is for a MOBIUS item. A $20.00 processing fee may be charged by a MOBIUS partner library. Payment for the lost/damaged item is to be in the form of a check made out to the Secretary of State’s Office for the amount of the replacement copy.
For Missouri State Library services, the following are considered state government employees: persons working in executive, legislative and judicial agencies, commissions, boards, etc.
Employees of public school systems, public higher education institutions and local governments may be served by their public and institutional libraries.
Guidelines for Using Public Computers & the Internet
Reference Services has one computer for searching library resources and scanning microforms. Patrons may not use software other than that provided and installed on the workstation. The Library does not monitor or control information accessible through the Internet.
Library staff cannot provide training concerning Internet jargon or search strategies. Staff will instruct patrons how to use/search the Library Catalog.
The computer is available on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved ahead of time. If other patrons are waiting, staff may consult with the Reference Librarian on duty and may limit the amount of time a patron may use a workstation.
There is no printing available from the public computer.
Patrons may not use Reference Services public computer to commit any illegal acts. Such acts may include but are not limited to: forgery or fraud, libel, slander or any form of harassment, an invasion of privacy, unauthorized access to any computer network, or public display of material from sites that may be deemed under federal or state statues. Patrons are responsible for any consequences of copyright infringement. Accessing illegal or offensive material will be cause to lose all Reference Services computer privileges.
Library materials not owned by the Missouri State Library or which are not available in the MOBIUS catalog may be borrowed for Missouri state government employees from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The Missouri State Library also participates as an active lending library, shipping items to libraries that request circulating materials from our collections.
The Missouri State Library follows interlibrary loan procedures which are governed by the National Interlibrary Loan Code, the policies of the lending library, and the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code).
The Missouri State Library provides interlibrary loan privileges as a service to Missouri state government employees. The library must rely on resource sharing and interlibrary cooperation to increase access to materials needed by its constituents.
We are committed to offering the most expedient service possible at no cost to the user.
The State Library will keep this interlibrary Loan policy up-to-date and make it available to users and other libraries on request.