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*Research Guides Home: Distance Education Services

There are several ways Midwestern students living outside the Kansas City area may obtain books:

  1. By mail--The Midwestern Library can mail current Midwestern students any circulating books from our Library. See "Requesting Library Materials Via E-Mail" below for details.
  2. By MOBIUS courier-- Midwestern students living in Missouri or Colorado may request any circulating books from the MOBIUS or Prospector catalog, including Midwestern books. These books can be sent to any library in the MOBIUS or Prospector system.
    1. List of MOBIUS Libraries. 
    2. List of Prospector Libraries
    3. Midwestern Library also participates in courier services to other libraries that can be use to receive and return Midwestern Library books.
      1. List of Iowa Libraries 
      2. List of Amigos Libraries ( AR,NM, OK TX )
  3. By Internet--The Midwestern Library has purchased thousands of academic e-books available anywhere there is an Internet connection. See E-books for more information.
  4. By public libraries--Most public libraries in the U.S. provide interlibrary loan (ILL) services, often online and usually free. ILL books are checked out much like other books from the public library. Policies vary depending on the library, so students should contact their local public library for details. To find titles of books to request, use either the free version of the WorldCat database or the subscription version available to Midwestern students.
  5. By MBTS campus visit--Students planning a trip to Kansas City may make prior arrangements to have books from other libraries sent to the Midwestern Library for their use during their visit.
  6. Midwestern Library participates in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program in which theological libraries have agreed to grant check-out privileges to each other.  Both Midwestern Library and the library you wish to visit need advance notice in order to verify enrollment. Check the website for the growing list of participating libraries: 

Contact the MBTS Library at for more information.


Requesting Library Materials Via E-Mail

Students who don’t reside in the Kansas City metropolitan region may request printed books and other materials via e-mail and they will be shipped using regular mail. Please reserve no more than five items at a time, and only those items in the MBTS holdings may be reserved. Articles from print journals owned by MBTS may be sent as an e-mail attachment to the student's campus e-mail. Students may also request single chapters from books or sections of commentaries covering a passage of the Bible, if MBTS owns a print copy. E-mail attachments do not count toward the five item limit.

We ask that you provide the following bibliographical information to fill the request: author, title, and call number. We also need your library card bar code number or your MBTS e-mail address. A confirmation of items reserved will be sent by e-mail. Please return all items by mail. It will be sent at your expense on your account with the MBTS business office, and when returning it  is required to be postmarked by the due date to avoid late fines.

Because the loan period for current textbooks is 3 days only, they are not available to be sent by mail.

Please send your requests to: