Peer-to-Peer FAQ

Peer-to-Peer FAQ

What is the Peer-to-Peer project?

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is a product that III licenses to connect one INN-Reach system to another to enable borrowing/lending of materials between systems.

Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. The CO Alliance has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the MOBIUS consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in Prospector, there will be a button in Prospector to search for the item in the Mobius catalog. If the item is found in MOBIUS the patron can place the request, just as they would place a request in Prospector. They will authenticate with the appropriate information and select a pick up location for delivery.

When the lending library receives the item, the item shows up in the INN-Reach tab and is processed just like a Prospector request. Prospector libraries can print courier slips that are prepopulated with the library name, Missouri library courier code, MOBUIS Courier code, and library address. There is an option to print 4 identical courier slips on a page or a single courier slip per page. CLiC has designed these MOBIUS courier slips.

What is MOBIUS?

MOBIUS is a 501(3)C Non-profit Consortium based out of Columbia, MO. It has 71 members, which include 61 academic libraries, 5 public libraries, 2 special libraries, the Missouri State Library, and 2 Associate Members, serving a total of 168 physical branches. MOBIUS manages InnReach, a union catalog and resource sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces, as well as their Sierra platform, a local integrated library system for their member libraries.

Where can I find a list of the Circulation contacts for Mobius?

Where can I find a list of MOBIUS libraries?

Will the MOBIUS libraries request all of our popular items?

Quite the contrary--borrowing and lending is reciprocal and fairly balanced among Prospector libraries. This was a fear when we began Prospector back in 1999, but it never materialized. We think the same will be true when we expand our network to MOBIUS. We are discouraging local libraries to put a link in their local catalog to the peer INN-Reach system. The only exception is Colorado Christian University. They are the only seminary library in Prospector while MOBIUS has several seminary libraries. So, it makes sense for CCU to add a link to MOBIUS from their local catalog. The two INN-Reach systems will have links to transfer searches between the two catalogs. This way, patrons will only “get” to the peer system if they can’t find the item in their local union catalog. Some savvy patrons may check the second INN-Reach system first, but most will only request an item if they don’t find it in Prospector first.

How do we check in the Mobius items? Do we scan the barcodes on the material?

You will scan the barcodes to check the items in using the normal check-in function in Millennium or Sierra.

What are the MOBIUS loan rules? 

Prospector and MOBIUS have very similar lending policies. So to keep things simple, Prospector libraries have copied their existing Prospector loan rules to create two new loan rules for MOBIUS. When you receive a MOBIUS item for your patron, you will use the MOBIUS loan rule, which should be very similar, if not the same as the existing Prospector loan rule for either media or monographs. Prospector has two loan rules 7 days with no renewal on AV items and one checkout + one renewal for monographs.

Prospector libraries don't exchange money for lost items. Does this same practice apply to MOBIUS libraries?

MOBIUS hasn't adopted the Prospector policy for lost/damaged items. If a Prospector or MOBIUS item is lost, we encourage you to work with that library to resolve the issue. If this is not possible or you are having difficulties, we are happy to step in to resolve the issue. You can also defer to the national Interlibrary Loan code which states that the requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials from the time the item leaves the lending library until it has been returned and received by the lending library. (Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States--Section 4.8 & 4.9--Responsibilities of the Requesting Library. See:

MOBIUS charges $120 for a lost item. Does this charge apply to all items and is their room for negotiation?

On the rare occasion that your patron loses an item from a MOBIUS library, we strongly encourage you to work with that individual library to replace the item. If this is not possible or you are having difficulties, we are happy to step in to resolve the issue. Most libraries will be willing to charge the actual cost of the item plus a processing fee. See also section 4.8 & 4.9 of the national Interlibrary Loan code here:

Where can I find out more about sending and delivering materials to MOBIUS through the courier?

CLiC has information on sending and receiving items through courier. This service is called ProMo. For more information, see:

Will P2P requests show up on INNReach reports – institutional overdues, requested too long, returned too long, etc?

Yes, Mobius requests will be treated just as all your other INN-Reach requests.

Will custom print templates in Sierra and Millennium work with P2P requests?


How do I get lending/borrowing statistics for Mobius?

The Prospector fulfillment report includes the number of items that the Mobius libraries have borrowed from each Prospector library. The final column on the spreadsheet, “Peer not in total” is the number of items the peer system (Mobius) has borrowed from your library. Currently, there isn't a way to see which libraries in Mobius have borrowed items from your library; there is only a lump sum total. Mobius will share their fulfillment reports with the CO Alliance. Their reports will show the number of items Prospector libraries have borrowed from a given Mobius library. Currently, there isn't a way to see the individual libraries in Prospector that have borrowed items from Mobius.

Should we expect a lot of requests to/from the Prospector libraries?

The MOBIUS and Prospector systems are set up with a tiered searching, where a patron checks first their local catalog and then the union catalog. The Peer-to-Peer connection will be a new third tier; when a patron on either side has searched their union catalog and is still looking for material they can click on a pass through link that takes them to the other union catalog. They can search and place requests but the requests are processed through their home system.