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

MOBIUS is proud to be an open source consortium, providing FOLIO to 62 of our academic libraries on a shared tenant.  We are one of the founding members of OpenRS, the open source resource sharing platform. MOBIUS was the first to go live with OpenRS on May 22, 2024 with FOLIO, Sierra, and Polaris 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, Arkansas, 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, a complete open source ILS, providing technical, operational, and administrative support, through MOBIUS Open Source Solutions—MOSS. 

In line with our support for open source software, MOBIUS also offers Hyku, an open source institutional repository platform to our member libraries as of the Summer, 2024. 

We help our libraries promote access to open and affordable resources and enhance student success through our OER partnerships, and services and training opportunities. 

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.