Library Orientation: Getting to Know George A. Spiva Library: Find Books/eBooks

Learn about the library, its people, resources and services.

Accessing eBooks

To access the full-text of eBooks subsctiptions (ebrary & EBSCO) from off-campus you must be a current MSSU student, faculty or staff member with a username and PIN.  If you don't know or can't remember your Missouri Southern Username or PIN, please contact the IT Help Desk.

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Books

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.

Call numbers appear ... on the spines of books ... and ... in the online catalog

Spiva Library uses Library of Congress Classification (LC) for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.

To  determine the LC call number of a specific book one must search the Spiva Library Online Catalog (SWAN).  A Spiva Library catalog search widget is provided below.  

 

How Do I Read an LC Call Number?

Read call numbers line by line

Search for Books at Spiva Libary

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Search for books at other Missouri Libraries

MOBIUS Union Catalog - allows you to search for and request books from 60+ Missouri Libraries. Typical delivery time is 3-5 business days after receipt of request. This is a FREE service for all current MSSU students, faculty & staff.
 
   

Search for Book in over 10,000 Libraries Worldwide

WorldCat - connects you to the collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

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Interlibrary Loan Request for Books

If you need an book which Spiva Library does not own, we can request a copy from another library using a service called InterLibrary Loan.

Before you place a request for a book, be sure to check MOBIUS. Books available through MOBIUS libraries can be requested by MSSU students, faculty and staff from the MOBIUS page.

This service is available to all MSSU students, faculty, alumni, staff and community card holders.

InterLibrary Loan Policy

*a nominal service fee may
apply in some cases*

Need Help?

Ask A Librarian

In Person:

Stop by the Reference desk on the 3rd floor. There is a librarian regularly scheduled at the desk most hours the library is open.

Hours a Librarian is typically scheduled at the Reference desk are:

Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-9:00pm

Monday - Thursday:  9:00am-Noon & 1:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-9:00pm

Friday:  9:00am-Noon & 1:00pm-4:00pm

By Phone:

Reference Desk: 417-625-9342

With Email:

LibrRef@mssu.edu

A Librarian will attempt to respond to emails within 24-48 business hours.

On Facebook:

The George A. Spiva Library offers help, via our Facebook Fan Page, to all fans of the page.

A Librarian will attempt to respond to Facebook questions and suggestions  within 48 business hours.

Why Search Google Books

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It is great for narrow topics because it lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

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