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Social Work Guide

Library research help for students and faculty in the School of Social Work

Find Books

What if the book is not available at SLU Libraries

What if the SLU Libraries don't have the book you need or if our copy is not available?

If the SLU Libraries don't have a book that you need, or our copy is checked out, you can request the book from MOBIUS, our library network.

Click on the Search the MOBIUS catalog link on the Library web site.

When you locate the book in MOBIUS, click the REQUEST THIS ITEM link and follow the instructions. Your book will be delivered in a few days. You will get an email to your SLU account when your book arrives. Pickup the book at the Pius circulation desk (East entrance). It usually takes about 3 working days.

If the book is not available in MOBIUS, use ILLiad Interlibrary Loan to request the book.

Finding Books in the SLU Libraries Tutorial

Locating the book in the stacks

How do I locate a book in the stacks?

  • After you find a book in the catalog, check its current status (checked out or available), library location, and call number.
  • Write down the call number or
  • Use the location guide to find out where that call number is located in the library. Can't find it? Ask for help at the Information Desk.
  • Go to the appropriate floor to retrieve your book and check it out at the library's circulation desk with your SLU ID.
  • You can also have books sent from the Law Library and the Med Center Library to Pius Library for pickup. Just click the request button.

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Pius Library uses the Library of Congress (LOC) call number system.The call number describes what the book is about and provides a way to organize the books in the library. You can use the links below to identify call numbers for browsing.