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.
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.
Read call numbers line by line
WorldCat - connects you to the collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
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.
*a nominal service fee may
apply in some cases*
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: 2:00pm-5:00pm & 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
Reference Desk: 417-625-9342
A Librarian will attempt to respond to emails within 24-48 business hours.
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.
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.
This site is maintained by the librarians of George A. Spiva Library.
If you have a question or comment about the Library's LibGuides, please contact the site administrator.