Who Are We?
MOBIUS is a vibrant, collaborative partnership of libraries providing access to shared information resources, services and expertise.
- We foster a culture of collaboration and community
- We support cooperative collection development and resource sharing
- We provide professional development, training and networking opportunities
- We adopt those technologies and services which enhance the user experience
- We practice fiscally responsible stewardship of member resources
- We engage all member libraries and respect their diversity
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More About MOBIUS
Since its founding in July 1998, MOBIUS has transformed library services for the citizens of Missouri. Formerly a part of the University of Missouri System, on July 1, 2010 MOBIUS became a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt status. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members, the organization has grown from 50 founding charter members to 77 members which include 66 academic libraries, 7 public libraries, 3 special libraries, and the Missouri State Library, serving a total of 192 physical branches. Tulsa City-County Library became our first out-of-state member library in 2014. MOBIUS manages InnReach, a union catalog and resource sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces as well as their Sierra platform, a local integrated library system for our member libraries.
The consortium’s purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods. Today, the MOBIUS Union Catalog has expanded to include more than 29 million items, serving users in Missouri and into Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas and Texas. A courier service delivers library materials to member libraries once per day, 5 days per week.
MOBIUS contracts with the Missouri State Library to host and manage Missouri Evergreen, a public library resource sharing consortium of 43 member libraries, using Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system. Missouri Evergreen is a growing consortium of Missouri public libraries funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as Administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
MOBIUS also offers hosting and management services for Evergreen systems, providing complete technical, operational, and administrative support, through MOBIUS Open Source Solutions - MOSS. Through the MOSS program, the organization currently has contracts to manage systems for NC Cardinal, a resource sharing consortium of 30 public library systems in the state of North Carolina, and the Kansas State Library.
The MOBIUS Bylaws and Articles of Corporation govern the internal affairs of the consortium and formalize the purpose, membership guidelines, and structure.
MOBIUS looks forward to its continued growth with the intention of building on the strength of its current and future members in Missouri and the Midwest. It is our goal to create equal access to materials and information for all our users.