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Obtain Materials Not At Washington University

Several options are available. All but the InfoPass system will require beginning your research well in advance of when the paper is due.


MOBIUS - A consortium of Missouri libraries to which the WUStL Libraries belong. If you request a book online from a local MOBIUS library, it will be here two or three days after you request it. If it is in a library outside of St. Louis, it will be here within five working days. To borrow books online from MOBIUS libraries:

  • Start your search in the Washington University library catalog. If the title you want is not available at Washington University, transfer your search request to the MOBIUS central catalog by clicking on the green MOBIUS UNION CATALOG box.
  • If the book is not available at Washington University, click on REQUEST THIS ITEM. You will be asked to identify your institution (WASH U) and enter your name, ID number, and pickup location where you want the item to be delivered. Submit the request and it will be forwarded to one of the libraries which has an available copy.
  • The library you chose as a pickup location will notify you when the item you requested arrives. You can also go to My Catalog in the Washington University local catalog to check on the status of your requests.

If you are at a MOBIUS library, you may use your Washington University I.D. to check out books.

Find out more about MOBIUS.

NOTE: Periodical articles are not available through MOBIUS.

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Service - If you plan ahead, the library can borrow books from other libraries and obtain copies of periodical articles. Sometimes articles may arrive in a few days, but some articles and all books, which come by mail, may not arrive for two or three weeks. Information on the service and how to submit requests is available online. The ILL/DDS Office can only accept requests online. When materials arrive, you will be notified by email.

For articles, most of the online journal databases to which the Libraries subscribe, such as Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, and Historical Abstracts have links to Get it!. In addition to the possibility of finding the full text online, you also will find out how to know if one of the WU Libraries has the journal you need, and how to request a copy from another library if it is not available here.

InfoPass - With an InfoPass from the Check-out Desk (Olin Level 1), you may check out books from selected local libraries. (If you wish to check out a book in person at a local MOBIUS library, you may do that with your Washington University I.D. No InfoPass is needed). To find out whether a book you want is in a particular library, consult the WorldCat database. To find out if a periodical is held in another local library, also see WorldCat. Also, many local and regional libraries' catalogs, such as the St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis County Library, are available on the web. See Additional Library Catalogs for more choices.

Recommend a Book Be Purchased - Do you think a book should be in one of the Libraries? Use the Recommend a Book Purchase form. Note: It usually takes longer to purchase a book than to borrow it, but for very new books, purchasing may be the best option.

For assistance with making interlibrary loan requests, consult your subject librarian.