About the Libraries

ABOUT MU LIBRARIES

The MU Libraries serve a student body of 35,441 plus a faculty of 2,121, and, as of July 2013, had a collection of more than 3.9 million print volumes, over 1 million ebooks, 53,400 journal titles (in print or online), and over 7.5 million microforms. With an annual budget of $18 million, the Libraries support the instruction, research, service, and economic development missions of the University of Missouri. By acquiring scholarly resources, developing innovative services, and applying new information technologies, the MU Libraries fulfill their primary purpose: to serve our users.

  • Discovery through the MERLIN catalog, over 400 databases, and Search & Find, which searches across platforms
  • Reference services are available in person, on the phone, and virtually through chat, email, and text
  • Tours and instruction sessions are available upon request by MU faculty, staff, and students.
  • Electronic-reserve system that provides 24-hour access to course reserves via the web
  • Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and renewal services are available in person and online
  • Check-out available of laptops, iPads, digital cameras/camcorders, iPods, Kindles and more
  • Participation in sharing and lending our collection to other state partners in the MOBIUS consortium, in addition to using traditional Interlibrary Loan methods
  • In 2011, the MU Libraries circulated over 250,000 items; we borrowed almost 43,000 items for our users from other institutions
  • Vending machine stocked with office supplies, in collaboration with the Mizzou Store
  • Full Service Copy Service, in collaboration with Campus Printing Service
  • The MU Libraries, which includes Ellis Library (the main library) and eight branch libraries, are open 636 hours a week.
  • Study rooms are available for reservation in Ellis Library, the Journalism Library, and the Engineering Library.
  • Nutter Information Commons is a top student destination for study and collaboration.
  • Library facilities include Columbia Missourian Newspaper Library, Engineering Library and Technology Commons, Geological Science Library, Health Sciences Library, Journalism Library, Mathematical Sciences Library, University Archives, Veterinary Medical Library, and two University of Missouri System Depository facilities.
  • More than 3.9 million volumes, approximately 53,400 print and electronic serial subscriptions in Ellis Library and the six branch libraries. See specific libraries for information about their collections.
  • Special Collections in Ellis Library has a diverse range of materials, totaling nearly 90,000 volumes/items. Materials include rare and unique items that span over four thousand years including rare books, comic art, maps, and much more. The Health Sciences Library features the Donald Silver Rare Books Room’s historical collection which covers both human and veterinary medicine.
  • As a Federal Depository Library since 1862, Ellis Library houses a diverse Government Documents collection.
  • The University Archives houses private papers, organizational records and manuscripts related to MU history. Among the digitized resources from the Archives is the MU yearbook, the Savitar, which is searchable online.