In August, WU Libraries loaded an influx of more than 137,000 books—ebooks, in this case—into its catalog of information resources, significantly boosting the scope of materials available to the Washington University community in a wide variety of disciplines.
The result of a consortial subscription among 59 Missouri libraries, access to the large suite of EBSCO ebook collections was made possible through collaborative efforts spearheaded by MOBIUS, a regional partnership of libraries, including WU Libraries, that share resources and serve more than 750,000 people across the state.
The newly accessible ebooks are easily searchable and downloadable through the WU Libraries catalog as well as the EBSCOhost interface and MOBIUS union catalog. The multidisciplinary titles are relevant to topics ranging from literary criticism, business, and social sciences to the performing arts.
Database/Serials Librarian Kate Sathi notes that while WU Libraries is constantly growing its collections of books, databases, and other information resources to meet the research needs of library users, this consortial arrangement with EBSCO—known as “eMO” among the partnering Missouri libraries that have been involved in making it happen—is a key example of libraries working together to benefit those they serve.
"We were happy to work with MOBIUS on this project," says Sathi. "By joining forces with other Missouri libraries, we are able ramp up access in a cost-effective way."
For more information about finding and using ebooks, see libguides.wustl.edu/ebooks.