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

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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 80 members which include 64 academic libraries,11 public libraries, 4 special libraries, and the Missouri State Library, serving more than 200 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 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.  

MOBIUS: A Brief History 
Bacon, Donna, and George Machovec. "MOBIUS: A Brief History." Journal of Library Administration 62.7 (2022): 957-962.