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Curry Library General Collection: Checking Out, Renewing, and Returning Books

Descriptions of policies, services, and resources specific to the Intermediate Floor of Curry Hall.

Book Checkout Times Through Curry Library

Below are the checkout times, times books are generally available after being requested, renewal limits, and number of allowed checkouts for books obtained through Curry Library and Interlibrary Loan services.

  Checkout Time Time to Receive Book After Requesting Renewals Number of Checkouts Allowed
Curry Books End of the current semester for students, the following May for staff/faculty. 1 business day No* Unlimited for faculty, students, and staff.
MOBIUS Books Typically 1 Month 3-5 business days 2** 20
Prospector Books Typically 1 Month 7-10 business days 2** 20
OCLC WorldShare Books Typically 1 Month 7-10 business days Depends on lending library agreeing to renewal 20

*Renewals are not necessary for books belonging to Curry Library because they are checked out until the end of the semester for students or until the following May for staff/faculty. If you wish to keep your book checked out for longer than the due date, please contact the library at

**Renewals are only allowed if the book is not overdue and if there is not a hold on the item.

Business days are defined as days of normal office operations and typically exclude weekends, holidays, or times office in Curry Library or other locations are closed.

Ex. If a book was requested from another MOBIUS library on a Friday afternoon, it is unlikely that the book would be processed before the following Monday morning, meaning that Monday would count as the first business day in the request's process.

Checking Out Books

Books in the General Collection are organized using the Dewey Decimal (Dewey) call number system. The Dewey call number system is a subject based system with similar subjects and topics grouped close together. To locate a book you desire you must first know its call number. To locate a call number use the search widget below.

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For more information on subject areas in Dewey and how to read call numbers, click the links below.

Once you know the call number of the book you are looking for, you must locate the range where the call number belongs. Each range is labeled by number and with the coverage of call numbers located in the range. 

Shelf Range call number label

For example, a book with a call number of 855 would be located within this range, Range 46.

The books on the shelves are organized top to bottom, left to right. The easiest way to locate the beginning point of a call number range is to look directly at the range, turn left, walk to the end of the range, and locate the highest shelf on your right.

The self-checkout computer is located on the intermediate floor of Curry Library, near the South wall. The Intermediate floor is accessible during normal business hours from the Quad side door of the main floor of Curry Hall, or 24/7 via the swipe access door (WJC ID required) on the south side exterior of Curry Hall.

The self-check out computer may be used to check out any book from the General collection, as well as any books on the hold shelf that the patron has requested through MOBIUS, Prospector, or KC-Towers. 

                Self-Checkout Computer

1). To use the self check-out machine, first scan your William Jewell College ID Card. If your William Jewell College ID card does not scan, or if card scans but the machine does not find your record within the system, try manually typing your unique campus ID number on the self-check out screen.

2). If the self check-out does not pull up your account, please use the red binder or clipboard near the Circulation Desk to write down your name, the date of your checkout, and the bar codes of the books you would like to checkout.

3). To scan a book's bar code, make sure to hold the book still and bring it up the scanner next to the computer screen on the self-checkout machine. Ensure that the bar code you are scanning is the correct scanner-- this bar code should say "CURRY LIBRARY" somewhere, and the number corresponding to the bar code should be nine digits long.

Note: If you are scanning a book from another institution, make sure that you scan the lending library's bar code, otherwise the system will not recognize the material you are trying to check out.

If the book successfully scans, it will appear as a new check out on the screen, alongside the due date of the book. 

4). Once you are done, make sure to sign out of your library account. The self check-out machine will ask you whether or not you would like a date due slip at the end of your transaction. If you select 'e-mail receipt,' you will be e-mail a date due slip at your William Jewell college e-mail address. 




Curry Library circulation desk

The Curry Library Circulation Desk is located on the north wall of the Intermediate Floor. For hours exact location, click the links below.

Renewing Books

Items checked out from Curry Library and requested from other libraries have different loan periods and, consequently, different renewal conditions depending on the item, the patron, and the lending location. Please read the following guidance on different renewal stipulations. 

Items From Curry Library:

  1. Items checked out from Curry Library are lent to student patrons to the end of the current semester, and to faculty and staff patron until the following May. Because of this long term checkout setup, renewals are not allowed for Curry Library materials.
  2. If you wish to extend your checkout longer than the set due date, please contact the Library at or visit the Curry Library Circulation Desk on the Intermediate Floor of Curry Hall during desk hours.
  3. Note: you may not extend the checkout of your Curry items(s) if you have outstanding fines and/or bills on your library account.

Items From MOBIUS/Prospector: 

  1. Items lent from MOBIUS/Prospector typically lend for one month, with two allowed renewals of one month each.
  2. Some exceptions apply:
    1. You may not renew an item that is overdue. 
    2. You may not renew an item if you have outstanding fines and/or bills on your library account. 
    3. If your copy is requested by another MOBIUS patron in between your allotted renewals, then you must return the material. 
  3. If you wish to keep an item longer than your two renewals, you may return and then re-request the item through the MOBIUS catalog. The item must be sent back to its home library first. 

Items From OCLC WorldShare: 

  1. Lending libraries in OCLC WorldShare set their own variable due dates and renewals periods. Therefore, Curry Library is unable to guarantee a renewal of an item checked out through OCLC WorldShare. 
  2. If you wish to renew an OCLC WorldShare item, contact the library as soon as possible.
  3. You may not renew books if you have outstanding fines or bills on your library account. 
  4. Book lending periods depend on the lending library. Renewals are also subject to the discretion of the lending library. 
  5. When viewing OCLC materials on your account, you are viewing a placeholder. Renewing these placeholders will not  renew the actual loan within OCLC WorldShare. If you wish to renew your materials, please contact

You may renew items checked out from MOBIUS/Prospector online via your Library Account. To view your account and renew your library check-outs online, click on the following link:

You may also reach your library account from the red "Renew Books" button the library homepage

Red Renew Books

To login, first enter your First Name and Last Name. Then, enter your unique campus ID number (usually found on your William Jewell College ID card) followed by WJ, which is our campus code. Ex. 1234567WJ. Then, click 'Submit.' 

To renew a checked out item from MOBIUS/Prospector, click on the "Items currently checked out" on the left menu option. 


Select the items that you would like to renew and click "Renew marked." Alternatively, click "Renew All" to renew all the items on your account.

Note: Not all items in your account are renewable. Please see 'Renewal Guidelines' tab for further information.


Renewing Items In-Person

You may renew any eligible checkouts in-person at either the Curry Library Circulation Desk during Desk Hours, or via the Self-Checkout Computer.

See link below for current Circulation Desk Hours.

Renewing With the Self Checkout Computer

To begin the renewal process:

  1. Log into your account on the self checkout computer located on the south wall of the Intermediate Floor of Curry Hall.
  2. Click on the green "View Checkouts" tab at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select which book checkouts you wish to renew. 
  4. Click on the "Renew Selected Books" tab in the right hand corner of the screen.

Your selected books should now be renewed and show their new due dates on screen. If you encounter any issues please contact the Library at

Returning Books

Every checked out item from Curry Library will have a set due date. It is always best to return your book before or by its due date. Not doing so may result in the item becoming Overdue (and eventually Billed). Any account that has an Overdue or Billed item will be locked until the item(s) in question are returned or cleared from the account.

You may always view the due dates of any item on your account online via your Library Account, or by visiting the Curry Library Circulation Desk during Desk Hours.

Returning Books In Curry Hall

There are two return locations on the Intermediate Floor of Curry Hall:

  • The return box in the southeast corner of the floor near the swipe access door. Books may be returned 24/7.

    Curry Library Return Box
  • The black return cart near the Circulation Desk

You may also return your book to the Circulation Desk directly during Desk Hours.

During non-desk hours, it is recommended that you utilize the return box to return your books in Curry. Because the Intermediate Floor is an open 24/7 space, Curry Library cannot guarantee the safety and security of any book returned/left on the black cart or at the Circulation Desk after Desk Hours.

Note - The return box will be checked at least once every business day, typically at the end of the day. This may result in a slight delay in removing a checked out book from your account.

Returning Books In the PLC

You may return any book or item checked out from Curry Library to the Book Return Door Slot in the door of PLC 212. This door is located on south side of the 2nd Floor of the PLC between the staircase and the restrooms/printer area.

PLC Book Return Door

This book return door slot is a secure return location and checked out items may be returned in this door slot 24/7. The returns will be checked at least once every business day, typically at the end of the day. This may result in a slight delay in removing a checked out book from your account.