Shakespeare in Love: Designing Costumes for Romeo and Juliet

Join us on Sept. 10,  from 2 to 3 pm in the Ellis Library Colonnade as Professor Kerri S. Packard outlines the process for creating the costumes for the upcoming MU Department of Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Professor Packard has been with University of Missouri as an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for 23 years.  She serves as the Costume Director for the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in Costume Technology. This event is free and open to the public.
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Fridays @ the Library Workshop, Aug. 28

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Be Aware of What Your Library Offers You Join us on August 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 213 of Ellis Library or live online. Learn how other faculty and students are using the Library’s services and find out about the newest tools and information sources. Registration preferred:
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Update on Grad Student Medical Insurance

The Chancellor has just put out a statement about graduate student medical insurance. MU will defer implementation of its decision regarding graduate student health insurance. The complete statement can be found at the Office of the Chancellor web page.
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Graduate Student Medical Insurance Information

  1. Graduate students can contact Karen Gruen at 884-2326 or  Karen is the coordinator of the Graduate Student Tuition Support Program.
  2. The student medical insurance procedure can found at  This page is put up by Graduate Studies, and has information for students to register in myzou, through the office of cashiers or on the aetna website.
  3. The graduate school also put up an information page that may be useful –
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24/5 Hours

Ellis Library will be open from noon on Sunday until midnight on Friday and from 8 am until midnight on Saturday starting Sept. 8.

Students have consistently asked for longer hours, so the hours have been extended to meet student needs.

  • Only students, faculty and staff with a valid ID will be allowed in the library from midnight to 7 am. 
  • Library users will only have access to the ground and first floors of the library from midnight to 7 am. 
  • Service hours, such as check-out and reference, will not be extended.

For a complete list of all library hours, please visit

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MU Libraries Centennial Kickoff on Sept. 23

The University of Missouri Libraries are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ellis Library! Mark your calendar for the Centennial Kickoff Event on Wednesday, September 23 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Lowry Mall as we celebrate the past and look forward to the future of the Libraries. You won’t want to miss the free pizza, ice cream, giveaways, fun games and more. Join Chancellor Loftin, Howard Richards and others as we celebrate our 100th birthday. See you there!
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Drop-In Library Tours

Tours offered on the hour!

Wed-Sun, August 19-23

  • Wed, 1-6pm
  • Thurs, 11am-6pm
  • Fri, 10am-6pm
  • Sat, 1-6pm
  • Sun, 1-6pm
Tours begin at the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor. Last tour starts each day at 6pm.  
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Extended Intersession Hours, Aug 17-23

Ellis Library Building Hours
104 Ellis Library 882-4701

Intersession Hours
(Aug 17–Aug 23)
August 17–20 (Mon–Thurs)      7:30am–10pm
August 21 (Fri)                          7:30am–8pm
August 22 (Sat)                         9am–8pm
August 23 (Sun)                        Noon–8pm

For a complete listing of hours, visit

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Ann Campion Riley Named Acting Director of MU Libraries

Starting July 1, 2015, Ann Campion Riley became the acting director of the MU Libraries. She will serve in this capacity during the 2015-16 year while a national search takes place for the next library director. Riley has served as the associate director for access, collections and technical services for the MU Libraries since 2007. Riley has been active in local, state and national library associations, and is currently serving as the president of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She is a past president of the Missouri Library Association and served as an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow in 2010-11. She is a writer and speaker on assessment and organizational culture in higher education. Riley was formerly director for technical and access services at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She was library director at Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, where she twice served as an acting dean and one year as chief campus academic officer. Other academic libraries where Riley has served in a professional capacity include Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and New Mexico State University. She earned her B.A. in English and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and pursued a Ph.D. in English at Saint Louis University.

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MERLIN Catalog Unavailable on May 26

The MERLIN Catalog will be down on Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 8 am Central as the UM Libraries move to a new integrated library system   We anticipate the transition taking most of the day on Tuesday.

During this time the classic MERLIN Catalog will be unavailable, however, the MOBIUS Union Catalog ( will still be up and running.  All faculty, staff and students will be able to place holds in MOBIUS using their MERLIN EMPL ID's. Those transactions will be queued until the MERLIN server is back up after the migration.


5/26/15 5:02 PM  The MERLIN database is now live.

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