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How do I request a book through interlibrary loan?

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If B.D. Owens Library or MOBIUS does not own a book, it can be requested using the Borrow a book form.  Read more information about cost, how long, etc.

How do I renew a book?

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Most library materials can be renewed online if you are a Northwest student, faculty, or staff member. 

Where can I borrow a laptop or laptop charger?

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Laptops, laptop chargers, and a variety of other equipment are available to support your learning needs at the 1st floor, Library Services Desk.  A Bearcat ID is required to check-out materials.  

How much does printing cost?

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Printing to a University networked printer does not require payment at time of printing.

  • Users who print to a campus networked printer are auto-billed by their login credentials for the size of their print job.
    • Black and white printing is 10 cents per page.
    • Color printing is 25 cents per page.
    • Your specific printing charges will appear on your University bill within 2 to 3 business days of printing.

Read more about printing/copying on-campus


How do I print to a networked printer in the library?

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Each printer has a set of directions for installing the correct print driver and provides the networked printer's name.  Please ask for assistance at the first floor Library Services Desk or follow the printers directions provided by Tech Help.

How do I find Blu-ray, DVDs and videos?

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Popular (award-winning and bestselling) videos are located on the 1st floor.  Educational videos are located on the third floor

To search for popular videos:

  • Beneath the Books & Movies search box, click Advanced Search
  • Type an asterisk (*) in the first search box
  • In the Format: drop-down menu, choose VIDEO/FILM
  • In the Collection: drop-down menu, choose Northwest Missouri State University
  • In the Location: drop-down menu, choose NW Owens Popular
  • Click the Search button
  • When the results display (beneath the number of retrieved results), click Date to display the most recently published videos first

To search for educational videos

  • Beneath the Books & Movies search box, click Advanced Search
  • Type an asterisk (*) in the first search box to view all materials OR type a topic (example: Bernstein)
  • In the Format: drop-down menu, choose VIDEO/FILM
  • In the Collection: drop-down menu, choose Northwest Missouri State University
  • In the Location: drop-down menu, choose NW Owens Audiovisuals
  • Click the Search button
  • When the results display (beneath the number of retrieved results), click Date to display the most recently published videos first

How many books can I borrow?

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The maximum number of items (regardless of whether it is a book, DVD, etc.) that anyone can have checked out varies as follows:

  • Undergraduate, graduate students, staff, faculty: 50
  • Alumni, family of faculty/staff: 40
  • Maryville Public Library patrons: 5
  • Additional user groups

The Circulation Policy document lists how long items can be checked-out and how many renewals are available.  


How can I get writing help?

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The library staff does not proof read or edit papers/presentations. 

For writing help:

  • visit the Writing Center's site
  • select Online Tutoring in the navigation bar of your Northwest Online/Canvas course sites
    • choose "Submit My Writing or Career Documents" or "Work with a Tutor or Career Coach"  

Where can I find copies of old Northwest Missouri State University yearbooks?

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All of the NWMSU yearbooks (called Tower) are available on the third floor in the Quartos collection (call number q 378.778 M67t) and in Archives. Some years are also available online

How can I find a textbook in the library?

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The Library does not regularly buy these. If available, click Advanced Search (beneath search box) and try searching by title or author to locate textbooks in the general collection. Some may have been placed on Reserve by the course instructor. 

Can I post a flyer or poster in the library?

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B.D. Owens Library has a designated bulletin board, located in the vending area (behind Starbucks) on the 1st floor, for the posting of University-related materials.  All postings on campus must have prior approval and an approval stamp from Student Affairs, University Marketing & Communication, or the Office of Student Involvement.  More information is located on the Posting Policy web page. 

Does the library have a public fax machine?

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The library does not have a public fax machine.  The closest public fax machine services are located in the Administration Building's 1st floor, Cashiering Office. It costs $1.00 per page to use.  

How do I find test preparation books for the MoGEA or MEGA/MoCA?

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A list of test preparation books for the MoGEA and MEGA/MoCA are listed on the Education Research guide.  These books are on Reserve at the 1st floor Library Services Desk.  

Where can I find a B.D. Owens Library staff directory

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Contact information (phone, email, office numbers) is located in the Staff Directory.

Are food and/or drinks allowed in the Library?

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Food and drink are both allowed in the Library

However, everyone is asked to be careful and to clean up after themselves because crumbs and spills can damage library materials and attract insects.

Where can I find a journal abbreviation?

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For journal abbreviations, search the CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool.  If unable to locate the abbreviation in this source, please Ask a Librarian.

How long can items be checked-out?

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The number of items, check-out length, and number of renewals for each type of resource (general collection items, popular books, curriculum materials, juvenile books, DVDs, etc.) are listed on the Circulation Policy list page.  

Where can I find a scanner?

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The first floor photocopier is also a scanner.  Items can be scanned and emailed for free.  Ask for assistance using the photocopier at the Library Services Desk. 

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