Frequently Asked Questions

Off-Campus Access

All of the databases, ebooks, and electronic journals available through the library can be accessed from home unless noted otherwise.  If you have problems email the library at library@mst.edu.

During each semester, including summer semesters, the library is typically open from 7:30 AM until midnight Monday-Friday and 8 AM until midnight on weekends. Between semesters we typically have reduced hours.

We usually offer extended hours the week before and during final exams, and we are closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

We have our full calendar online to help you plan your visits.

The library welcomes everyone. 

All Missouri S&T students, faculty, and staff can check out materials and laptops, access our electronic resources, and use the computers on the ground floor and the second floor CLC. 

Students from other University of Missouri campuses can use their student IDs to check out library materials as well.  Students from schools participating in the MOBIUS library alliance can check out library materials with their student IDs and, if there is no photo on the student ID, an additional picture ID.

Other visitors can apply for guest patron access that will allow them to check out books and other materials.

A cluster of computers on the ground floor are set aside for patrons who are not Missouri S&T affiliates. Use of these computers requires registration and acceptance of a usage policy. See the circulation desk to register and to request access.

Yes! All of the databases, ebooks, and electronic journals available through the library can be accessed from home unless noted otherwise.

If you come through the library website all of the database and journal links are routed through the library's proxy server, so when you click on a link while off campus you will be asked to log in with your campus username and password. Please note that you may not be able to access these resources if you are using a VPN, and you may not be able to access them from your workplace if your local IT department blocks proxies. If you have any difficulties using our journals and databases from off campus, please email us at library@mst.edu.

Yes! The library has several rooms that can be reserved for use by groups of 2 or more, as well as a number of rooms that can be used by smaller groups or individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve study rooms for your Missouri S&T-affiliated group and view use and reservation policies.

In addition to books and journals, the library allows the Missouri S&T community to check out laptops, a 3D scanner, cameras, a digital projector, and other technology.  We also have tools and electronic kits.  Through IT, the library is the site for access to 3D printing.

You can search for books in the library catalog, which you can access by clicking on the MERLIN Library Catalog link on the library's homepage.

Once you have loaded the catalog page, you can perform searches by keyword, author, title, or subject by adjusting the drop-down menu on the left of the search box. You can also create a more complex search query by clicking on the Advanced Search link.

Once you have clicked through to a page describing a specific book, you will find information on which floor in the library the book is shelved, the book's call number, and the availability of the book.

If the book you want is not available at Missouri S&T, you can check for its availability at any of the University of Missouri libraries. To do this, change the drop-down menu on the right side of the search box from Missouri S&T to ALL MERLIN.  If the book is available at another UM library, click the blue Request button at the top or bottom of the page and fill out a short form.  The book will be delivered to you at Missouri S&T within a few days.

If the book is not available at another UM library, you can search a large alliance of Missouri libraries. On the screen of MERLIN results, there will be a blue Search MOBIUS button. Click that and your search will be performed in a catalog containing the collections of libraries throughout the state from which you, as a Missouri S&T student, can borrow books from.  Books requested through MOBIUS will be delivered to the Missouri S&T library for you to pick up.

If the book you want can't be found in the MOBIUS libraries, you can try searching the catalogues of a very large number of libraries through a database called WorldCat. If you find your book in WorldCat, you can submit an interlibrary loan request directly from the WorldCat record. On the page for the book you want, there will be a Send Request to ILLIAD link.  Clicking that link and logging into (or, if you are a first-time user, setting up) your interlibrary loan account will automatically fill a request form for that book. Verify the information and click submit to begin the interlibrary loan process.

The Depository is an off-site storage facility for older, little-used books and journals.  To retrieve a book from the Depository, you can click on the blue Request button on the top or bottom of the catalog page and fill out a short form.  The book will be delivered to you at Missouri S&T within a few days.

To find articles that have been written on a subject, you can search the electronic databases provided by the library.  To access the databases, go to the library homepage and click on Databases link at the top of the page.

Each database contains citations, and sometimes full text, for articles.  If you are not sure which database would be best for your search, you can go to the subject guides page and find which are recommended for your area of interest.

Once you have found citations for articles, you may still need to locate copies of the article. This FAQ provides some advice you may find helpful.

Yes! Reference librarians are here to help you develop your research skills and effectively use the services available through the library.  They are available in person at the reference desk from 8 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday.

If you want to schedule an in-depth session with a librarian who has developed research tips specifically for your subject, you can schedule a Research Assistance Program session online or in person.  These sessions are available both to individuals and to small groups.

Additionally, you can email the reference department at library@mst.edu or call at 341-4008.

Once you have found a citation for an article, your first step should be to search the library catalog and see if the journal is available in print or electronically at Missouri S&T.  To do this, go to the library catalog, set the search type to “Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Title" using the drop-down menu on the left side of the search box, and type in the full name of the journal your article was printed in.  If we have the journal, you will be given a catalog record with a link to the electronic version or the call number of the print volume.

If we do not have local access to your journal, you can submit an interlibrary loan request by clicking the link at the top of this page or from the library homepage.

Unfortunately, no. The library that lends us the material decides what delivery method they want to use. If we receive the article electronically, we will send you an email telling you how to download a copy of the article. Most loaned articles are sent as PDFs, but we do occasionally receive print copies.

The wait time for books through the three services can vary considerably.  MERLIN and MOBIUS books usually arrive in 3 to 5 days but can take longer.  Books and journal articles requested through Interlibrary Loan are not guaranteed to be fulfilled and can take up to several weeks to arrive.  It is best to request materials as soon as you think you might need them.

Missouri S&T students, faculty, and staff are able to renew many materials online, but at this time we are unable to offer online renewal to guest patrons.  All renewal requests must be sent on or before the original due date. To renew materials borrowed from Missouri S&T or a MERLIN or MOBIUS library, go to the library home page and click on the Renew Online link at the top of page. Sign in to your account using your University username and password.  Then click on Renew/Review items currently checked out. Select the materials you want to keep longer and click the blue Renew Marked button.  Not all materials can be renewed.  If you have questions about what materials can be renewed please call 341-4008 or email library@mst.edu.

To renew a book borrowed through interlibrary loan, log in to your ILLIAD account and click the View/Renew Checked Out Items button. Please note that interlibrary loan renewal is not automatic and must be approved by the lending library.

The library provides two coin-operated copy machines on the main level. Copies cost 10 cents per page.

Color printing is available on the 2nd floor CLC. At this time we are unable to provide color printing services to the general public.

We also provide a free fax service for Missouri S&T students, faculty, and staff. See the Circulation desk to send or receive a fax.  The fax number is 573-341-4233.

Yes! We want our patrons to feel comfortable while in the library, so we allow food and drinks.  You can even have a pizza delivered to the library.  We provide snack and soda machines on the lower level and a coffee shop on the first floor.