Hooley-Bundschu Library and Learning Commons: Help

I need help accessing books

MOBIUS give you access to a comprehensive collection of 27 million items, but it can be tricky to navigate. These seven steps should help.

  1. On the MOBIUS home page, select “Mobius Books”
  2. On the next page, type in what you’re looking for.
  3. This will create a list. Select the title you’d like by clicking on the title.
  4. Click “Request” (next to the red check mark)
  5. Next, select the “Kansas City Cluster” from the drop down menu.
  6. Enter your name, unique ID (your last name + ID# + AU) and select AVILA from the drop down.
  7. Click SUBMIT. If your request is successful, you’ll be taken to a “request successful” page.

Approximate Delivery Time frames:
KC-Towers: 2-4 days
Other Missouri Libraries: 3-5 days
Out of State Libraries (Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma): 7-10 days
Out of State Libraries (Colorado, Wyoming, Texas): 10-14 days

Inter-Library Loan

Inter-Library Loans (ILL) allow Avila students, faculty, and staff to access books and documents that are unavailable in our collection or MOBIUS. The book and document-delivery service work with other libraries throughout the country to share materials. Books are typically delivered through the mail while articles are delivered via an attached PDF. 

**Before requesting Books or Articles, please ensure that the Library/Learning Commons does not have access to the desired material through our catalog, MOBIUS, or our many databases.**

In an Inter-Library Loan… a library patron places a request for a book or an article that is owned by another library. The Avila library receives the request and then requests the book or article from other libraries across the United States. When the book or article arrives at the Avila library, the Avila ILL department sends the requesting patron an email stating the book has arrived and can be picked up at the circulation desk. For articles, the email to the patron will provide the requested article via an attachment to the email.

BEFORE PLACING A REQUEST… please check to see if the Avila Learning Commons has the books or articles requested or if a MOBIUS library has the books.

All “really effective” ILL requests for books will contain at least four items: 1) the ISBN of the book; 2) The title of the book (no abbreviations); 3) The author or authors of the book; 4) The publication / publishing information of the book.

All requests for books that include these four items have a high probability of success. If you have questions, call the ILL Department at: (816)501-3712

Requesting Articles

All “really effective” ILL requests for articles will contain at least the following five items: 1) the ISSN of the journal containing the article; 2)The title of the journal (no abbreviations); 3) The complete title of the article (no abbreviations; 4) The author or authors of the article; 5) The publication / publishing information for the article.

All requests for articles that include these five items have a high probability of success. If you have questions, call the ILL Department at: (816)501-3712

The delivery time for an ILL varies. A requested article will generally require 4-7 days for delivery. The delivery time for a requested book can take up to 14 days, and this time basically depends on how quickly a lending library can be found and then how quickly the mail system gets the book to Avila. The Avila Learning Commons will make every effort to deliver patron requests ASAP.

The Avila Learning Commons pays most costs for requested books and articles. If for some reason a charge required to complete the request, the Learning Commons will notify the library patron of any charges and the request will not be made without the patron’s consent.

Renewals of ILL books or articles are dependent on the lending institution. All requests must be done BEFORE the due date of the ILL item. Email (ill@avila.edu) or call the ILL Department at (816)501-3712 for a renewal request.

I just need help

  • Renew a book or other materials that you’ve checked out
  • To check out a laptop please come to the circulation desk with your Avila ID or some other valid photo ID (driver’s license, Military ID, etc.) Laptops check out for six hours and may be taken off-campus. They can be renewed online or in-person for an additional 4 hours. **Laptops may NOT be kept out overnight**
  • To check out a calculator visit the Learning Commons circulation desk with your Avila ID or some kind of valid photo ID (driver’s license, Military ID, etc.). Calculators check out for either a single day or for the semester. **We will not replace dead batteries; replacement is the responsibility of the person who checked it out. The calculators require four AAA batteries.**
  • To reserve a study room either stop by our circulation desk and request a space or call 816.501.3621 (a MINIMUM of 24 hours in advance). Reservations can be made by groups of three or more for the group study rooms and the larger classroom spaces. If you have any questions please refer to our room policies or contact Becky Nichols 816.501.2428 
  • Need help with your writing? The Learning Commons is proud to act as the home of the Writing Center! Walk-ins are welcome during open hours or you can schedule an appointment here!
  • Need a little tutoring help? We currently have several tutoring options, including face-to-face and online help! Please schedule a session or read up on Avila’s tutoring options here!
  • Need to find out about a fine? If borrowed materials are not returned in a timely manner, library patrons may incur fines for materials. Please contact the library at: (816) 501-3621 or stop by the circulation desk.
  • Want to Check Out a Course Reserve Item? Instructors can place a book on reserve and the library “holds” the book at the circulation desk. Items on course-reserve are most often available for “library use only” and are not available for overnight checkout. To check out a course-reserve book, go to the circulation desk. **The library cannot guarantee that a course-reserve book will be available.**
  • Want to Check Out a DVD? The Learning Commons has over 200 popular DVD’s for student, faculty, or staff checkout. Please bring the DVD case(s) and your student ID to the circulation desk and we’ll get them checked out for you. Most DVDs check out for 48 hours. **Faculty/Staff DVDs may NOT be checked out by students but can be watched in the library**


Rebecca Nichols, Director of Library-Interim
P: 816-501-2428 / E: Rebecca.Nichols@avila.edu

Larry Kramer Portrait


Larry Kramer, Electronic Resources Librarian
P: 816-501-3712 / E: Larry.Kramer@avila.edu

Amy Moorman, archivist


Amy Moorman, Archivist
P: 816-501-3620 / E: Amy.Moorman@avila.edu

Tara Fuller Portrait


Tara Fuller, Evening/Weekend Supervisor
E: Tara.Fuller@avila.edu

Amber Jones Portrait


Amber Jones, Library Assistant
E: Amber.Jones@avila.edu

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