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Mid-Summer Hours

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 19th in observance of Juneteenth.

Sunday
Closed
Monday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday
Closed

Find Print and Online Books.

The Hooley-Bundschu Library and Learning Commons proudly house over 40,000 books! The majority are housed in our closed stacks area. These materials may be requested through the Avila catalog or at the circulation desk.  To check out materials, you must have your Avila ID or another form of valid photo ID (Driver's license, Passport, Military ID, etc.).

Can't find it at Avila? We are a member of the MOBIUS consortium, which allows Avila students, staff & faculty request books from 80+ libraries in Missouri and beyond. If MOBIUS doesn't have it, consider submitting an Interlibrary Loan.

Avila's Best Sources for Books

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Print Books, DVDs & More.
Avila Catalog
Search the Avila stacks.

Can't Find It at Avila?
MOBIUS Catalog
Search & request from Avila's 80+ partner libraries.
WorldCat
Search & request from libraries throughout the US.

E-book Collections
E-book collection
Search all of Avila's EBSCO e-books in one place.

Your Avila librarians are here to help you find the resources you need.
Borrowing Avila Books
The Avila library has over 39,000 books in print. Use the Avila catalog to search and request books, or to access selected e-books.

Most of Avila's books are kept in the closed stacks. To check out one of these books, contact the circulation desk. If you found a book yourself, bring it to the front desk for checkout. Not sure where a book is shelved? We are happy to locate and retrieve it for you!

If you want to place holds on Avila books, you can do that from the Avila catalog by clicking "Request". We process hold requests twice-daily. Click the Place a Hold tab for an overview of how to place a request.

Borrowing from MOBIUS

The Avila library is a member of MOBIUS, a partnership of 80+ libraries in Missouri and throughout the Midwest.

You can place holds on items from MOBIUS partner libraries (e-books are not requestable) and have them sent to Avila. Click "Request It".

MOBIUS books take 3-10 days on average to arrive at Avila, so plan ahead. Click the Place a Hold tab for an overview of how to place a request.

Requesting from Other Libraries
If a book is not available from an Avila database, we may be able to borrow it for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). With ILL, we can search and request from the collections of libraries across the country. We can also request copies of articles and book chapters. Visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or to place a request.
Requesting Avila & MOBIUS items

You can place Avila or MOBIUS items on hold. The item will be placed on the library hold shelf for you to pick it up. To get started, click "Request" (Avila) or "Request It" (MOBIUS).

A new page will open. You may need to select Avila University as your library before proceeding.

On the next page, enter your Full Name in the first line. In the second line, enter your Canvas/MyAU username plus AU.

  • Full Name Example: Jane Smith
  • ID Example (Student): smith12345au
  • ID Example (Staff & Faculty): smithjtau

Click Submit to place your request. You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup.

If you encounter an error message or can't sign in, contact the library for assistance.

Borrowing Avila Computers & Equipment
The Avila library has dozens of computers, as well as a variety of equipment and peripherals (such as calculators, webcams, tripods & headphones) available for checkout. Contact the circulation desk for a full list of equipment and electronics, or search the Avila catalog.

Computers and equipment are expensive to purchase and maintain. To avoid surprise fines, make sure to return these items by their due date or time. If you need more time with an item, the circulation desk may be able to help.

Borrowing Avila DVDs
The Avila library has over 1,900 DVDs. Use the Avila catalog to search and request DVDs, or to access streaming video.

Student DVDs are located to the left of Study Room 1. Faculty DVDs are located in the center of the library and can only be checked out by faculty & staff. Students can check out Student DVDs and are welcome to watch Faculty DVDs on library computers with headphones. Bring DVDs to the circulation desk for checkout.

Reading Avila Periodicals
The Avila library has over 100 subscriptions to print periodicals. Periodicals from the past 2 years can be found in the library's periodical stacks, older editions are kept in the closed stacks. Use the Avila catalog to search for periodicals.

Periodicals can only be checked out by Avila faculty. All other patrons are welcome to read periodicals in the library. Please contact the circulation desk if you would like us to retrieve an older periodical for you from the closed stacks.

Avila's print periodical collection contains academic journals (such as Science) and general interest magazines (such as National Geographic). The library also has subscriptions to 3 daily newspapers: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Request an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Book

This service is free to currently enrolled and registered Avila students, faculty, and staff. Please fill out the request form as thoroughly as you can.


Copyright Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material. Libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction under certain conditions specified in the law. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept an Interlibrary Loan request if, in its judgment, the fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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