Digging For Gold with Prospector and MOBIUS

Does this ever happen to you? You type a title into the Denver Public Library catalog, only to see:

Do you ever click on the Search Prospector button? Well why not? Try it!

Clicking Search Prospector automatically passes your search through to Prospector, a unified catalog of academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, providing access to over 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in these libraries. With a single search you can find and request materials for pick up at your favorite Denver Public Library branch.

If you find what you’re looking for, click the button

There are so many cool things about Prospector and among them is that, if you don’t find what you are looking for there, you can just click on the MOBIUS link within Prospector to pass your search through to the MOBIUS catalog. MOBIUS is a unified catalog of more than 70 libraries throughout Missouri (and some in Arkansas too!).

If you find what you’re looking for there, just click the Request It button within MOBIUS.

Whether requesting through Prospector or MOBIUS, the approach is the same. You’ll be prompted to select your library (Alliance - Denver Public Library) and then to enter your last name, Denver Public Library card number and the DPL branch where you want to pick up the item.

While items in available status generally arrive within a week, some may be coming from as far away as Colorado’s western slope or even Arkansas (via 3 courier systems), so please allow up to 2 weeks.

Some libraries will allow you to get into their hold queue for items that are currently checked out. These may have local hold lists though, so keep in mind that they may take significantly longer to arrive.

You’ll receive a standard hold notification when your Prospector or MOBIUS item is ready for pick up at your DPL branch. Prospector and MOBIUS holds require staff retrieval, so please present your library card or picture ID at the checkout desk.

Having Trouble?

The following conditions prevent Prospector/MOBIUS requests:

  • Card Type

Prospector and MOBIUS are limited to full privilege Denver Public Library Cardholders (eCard, Provisional, Educator and Computer User cardholders are not eligible to place Prospector and MOBIUS requests).

  • Account Balance

Accounts carrying a balance of $5 or more are blocked from requesting Prospector

  • Availability

Some libraries will not allow you to request a title the Denver Public Library owns, even if our copies are checked out or reference only

  • Format

While some participating libraries make their electronic holdings discoverable through Prospector and MOBIUS, many are inaccessible due to licensing restrictions.

Written by Liberty on July 21, 2021