Library Services for Students


The Busse Library is physically open approximately 95 hours per week during spring and fall semesters. It is virtually open 24/7 online with access to many electronic resources through your MyCampus account at The building has 65,000 square feet; there are nearly 140,000 volumes. There are 20 computers in the Reference Area; 22 PCs in Computer Classroom; an Apple computer lab, and over 40 PCs in Computer Center. 


See the Reference Librarians for assistance in finding information using a wide variety of print and electronic sources, doing literature searches, citation verification, bibliographies, using the WWW and other special reference and information services. Stop at the desk, call 368-6465 or ext. 1246 or email Appointments may be made for in-depth term paper or project consultation. Start your library research early in a semester or accelerated program block to have time to gather the most useful information.


Finding, evaluating and using information is the mainstay of a college education. There are numerous handouts in the Busse Library Notebook series to assist students with various aspects of this process. Several tip sheets on citation styles are included in the Notebook series. The reference staff is here help you learn about the use of the library for assignments and papers. This may involve the library research process, various electronic and print information sources, the Internet and World Wide Web. Workshops and individual instruction are available. Come to the Reference Desk or call 368-6465 or on-campus at ext. 1246.


WorldCat, the library catalog is searchable at  Search by keyword as default; select a tab to isolate items of interest (articles, books, and videos).  Results can reflect holdings in the area corridor, greater Iowa, and/or the world.    


We have current subscriptions to over 10,000 journals, magazines and newspapers that are accessible using the electronic periodical indexes available on the Busse Library Web and your MyCampus account. Visit the library's A to Z service to search for a title of interest or to browse holdings by subject.


Students may check-out books for four weeks. Videos and periodicals (magazines/journals) circulate for 72 hours (3 days). Curriculum Center items may be checked out for four weeks. Books, photocopies of articles, videos and other materials are sometimes put on reserve by faculty for student use. Most may be checked out for 2 hours for in-library use only. Some faculty have links to full-text articles for assigned readings in your MyCampus course pages.


Books and photocopies of journal articles may be ordered for personal use through interlibrary loan (ILL). Journal articles usually arrive within a week. Books may take a bit longer. Books may usually be kept for up to three weeks. Complete a green Interlibrary Loan form (available in the Reference Area) or an online form for each article or book you need. Always check to see if Busse Library may have the journal or book before submitting a form. ILL requests may be made by filling out a form on the Busse Library webpage and directly from periodical databases. Ask a Librarian for assistance.


Our media collection includes videos, DVDs, tapes, music CDs and teaching kits along with digital cameras, videocameras, and other equipment. Media collection items are now located on the first floor behind the reference collection. There are listening and viewing areas on the first floor and in the Media Center. Films may be checked out for three days; equipment may be checked out for 24 hours. There are also video taping facilities in the Media Center. Time in the videotaping room may be scheduled with the librarian. Call 368-6465.


The Curriculum Center on the lower level is a working analog of a school library/media center with over 10,000 items. Children's books and teaching aids are in this collection. Items in this collection circulate for three weeks at a time.  


Visit Busse Center Library online or click the Library tab in one of your MyCampus courses for off-campus access to the Library. The Busse Library website has instructional guides and links to periodical indexes, other databases, curriculum, and reference resources. Some information resources are restricted to on campus use or require passwords. See the Reference Librarian for your passwords or access the library through your MyCampus account.


The Busse Library staff provides instructions on creating a large, vertical poster with PowerPoint.  Create a single slide and follow guidelines; save the slide as a PDF and send it to the MMU CopyShop (  


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