How do I get a library card?

University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty, staff, and students use their University ID card as a library card.   Other patrons need to go to the circulation desk at the Thomas Jefferson Library and request a card.

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How do I check out materials?

You may borrow library materials by presenting your valid University ID card or a valid library card.

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How many books am I allowed to check out?

It depends on your patron group status. However, there is no limit if you are a University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty, staff, or student. There is a two item limit for reserve materials for all patrons.

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How much do I pay if I lose a book?

The minimum replacement cost for a lost book is $120.00 plus a $5.00 processing fee.

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How long can I keep a book?

Loan periods vary according to the type of patron and owning libraries. Click here to see a detailed table with loan periods.

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How can I get a book that is already checked out?

You may place a hold on any checked out item except reserve materials. This can be accomplished through the MOBIUS union catalog. By placing a hold, the book cannot be renewed. When the book is returned it will be placed on the hold shelf at the circulation desk and you will be sent either an e-mail notice or a letter notifying you to the book is available for check out.

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Who is eligible for Library Distance Learner Services?

The Libraries of the University of Missouri - St. Louis provide services to support our distance learning students. We define distance learners as students who are currently enrolled in University of Missouri - St. Louis credit, fee-based distance education courses and do not also attend classes on the University of Missouri - St. Louis Normandy campus.  Please see the Distance Students page for more information.


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