Places to Study During Finals

Locate study spaces in the MU Libraries (Ellis and the branch libraries)

Locate study spaces on campus and in Columbia:

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Make Sure Your Citations Count: Get an ORCID Number

Make sure your theses, dissertation and research publications are correctly attributed to you.  How?  Sign up for an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number. ORCIDs are a relatively new international effort to provide author and contributor disambiguation across many databases and tools. Universities, libraries, publishers and researchers are partners in this effort.   

You can learn more about ORCIDs on the ORCID website ( from your subject librarian (

Sign up for an ORCID today:

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Book Sale

Did you know there's a book sale every day in Digiprint in Ellis Library, 1st floor north?

The MU Libraries receive donations of books from people in the community. Some donations, we keep, but others may be duplicated in our collections or just do not fit the kind of books we collect. These books are added to our ongoing book sale.  New books are added to the sale every 2 weeks.  Books remaining on the sale shelves from previous weeks get bumped down to a lower price.  Here you can find anything from fiction to local history.

The sale of these books benefits the MU Libraries Staff Association (MULSA). MULSA sponsors an annual picnic and other events for MU Libraries employees, maintains our staff room supplies, recognizes important life events of our employees, sends our staff cards when they are hospitalized, donates to local charities on behalf of its members, and more. 

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MU Libraries Seek Student Ambassadors

Want to get involved? Make new friends? Gain valuable leadership skills? And most importantly, do you want to make a difference?! The MU Libraries are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated undergraduate students who would like to serve as Ruth E. Ridenhour MU Libraries Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors will teach fellow students about the libraries, represent the libraries at alumni events and advise the libraries on marketing services to students. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Sign up today at
For more information, contact Shannon Cary at or 573-882-4703.

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Escape from Finals at the Ellis Library Comic Book Lounge

If finals week has you stressed, take a study break in the Ellis Library Comic Book Lounge. Read comics from the library’s collections, relax, and contribute to our comic storyboard about finals week. The Comic Book Lounge will be open all day in the Ellis Library Colonnade on Monday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 13. Vintage comics from Special Collections and Rare Books will be available for reading from 11 am  to 2 pm both days.  

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Ann Campion Riley to Lead Higher Education Association for Librarians

Story Contact: Shannon Cary,, 573-882-4703


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) for academic librarians that has more than 12,000 members. Riley will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas and will assume presidency of the association in July 2015 for a one-year term.

 “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of leading ACRL,” Riley said. “The inspiring experience of working with a future-oriented board of directors will be wonderful. Active ACRL members are all hard-workers and bring great spirits of inquiry to the organization. ACRL's current initiatives, such as promoting the value of libraries work and studying the role of research data curation in libraries, are continuing challenges. Looking for the next set of challenges won't take long as ACRL looks forward and works to engage and serve new and current members.”

“ACRL is delighted to have Ann Campion Riley join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Ann was a director-at-large on the ACRL Board from 2009-2013 and has a long history of service to ACRL. Her knowledge of ACRL, academic librarianship and the broader higher education environment, along with her leadership in both ACRL and other organizations, will be an asset to the board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance the plan for excellence.”

Riley’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Collection Development Committee (2009-present), Great Plains Network (GPN) and GWLA Advisory Council on the Management of the Lifecycle of Research Data Project (2012-present), GWLA Digital Collections Committee (2007-2010),  Missouri Library Association (MLA) Awards Committee chair (2007-2009), as MLA president (2005) and as president of the Missouri Association of College and Research Libraries (2003).

Riley’s awards include being honored as a Research Library Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries (2011–2012), and as a Global Scholar by the University of Missouri (2010). She has been awarded the “You Make a Difference Award” by Saint Louis Community College (2004). She also has been honored with participation in Leadership Chesterfield (2001), LEADERS 1999, National Institute of Leadership Development and Beta Phi Mu, and international library and information studies honor society.

Her publications and presentations include “The Community of Libraries” column in MOinfo: Newsletter of the Missouri Library Association (2005); coauthor of “Caution! Hazardous Substances: Recognizing and Deflecting Toxic Personalities in the Workplace,” presented at the ACRL National Conference in Baltimore (2007); and coauthor of “Using Staff Focus Groups to Help in Services Assessment” published in the Proceedings of the North Central Association Annual Meeting (2001).

Riley earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community.

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Instruction Librarian Goodie Bhullar Honored with MU Writing Intensive Award

Congratulations to Goodie Bhullar, who has received one of the 2014 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards in recognition of her contributions in serving on the Writing Board, coordinating library instruction for many writing intensive classes and being an excellent teacher. She was honored at a reception at the Benton Bingham Ballroom in Memorial Union on April 18th at 2:00pm.

To learn more about the award, visit

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St. John’s Bible on Display in Ellis Library

On display in the Ellis Library Colonnade are eight prints from the Heritage edition of the St. John’s Bible. The leaves are part of a traveling exhibit from the St. John’s Project, a subsidiary of St. John’s University in Minnesota and will be on display until April 27th.  More information about the St. John’s bible can be found on their website at :

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Faculty Lecture Series, April 24

Thursday, April 24 at 2:00pm 

Ellis Library Colonnade

When the word "melodrama" is mentioned, scenes of suspenseful situations with exaggerated music and action come to mind. In the Czech lands, a different style of melodrama was exceedingly popular in the nineteenth century. Dr. Judith Mabary will provide an introduction to this genre and the contributions of its main proponent, Zdenek Fibich, to the concert version prominent in the nineteenth century. Samples will be performed by Dr. Janice Wenger from the School of Music on piano and Dr. Cheryl Black from the Department of Theatre as the reciter. Please join us for this presentation on Thursday, April 24 at 2 pm in the Ellis Library Colonnade. This event is free and open to the public. 



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National Library Week Event, April 17

Next week, the MU Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  
The MU Libraries are celebrating National Library Week by holding two parties for the MU faculty, staff, students and our community users. Please join us for refreshments and library information at Ellis Library and at the Health Sciences Library on Thursday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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