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Policies

Who may borrow items?

Missouri State Library cardholders 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, Federal Documents, Missouri Documents, 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 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 from the circulating collections of 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 25.

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. 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 for most items is 28 days.

Overdue items

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, 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 not be able to request or check out materials until the account is cleared.