Mission & Vision

Who Are We?

MOBIUS is a vibrant, collaborative partnership of libraries providing access to shared information resources, services and expertise.

Guiding Principles

  • 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

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 75 members which include 65 academic libraries, 5 public libraries, 4 special libraries, and the Missouri State Library, serving a total of 184 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 27 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, 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.

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.