The MU Libraries include Ellis Library (the main library on campus), Health Sciences, Veterinary Medical, Geology, Engineering, Math, Journalism, Missourian Newspaper, and University Archives. The libraries have off-site storage facilities known as the UM Libraries Depositories that hold the bulk of the libraries' older volumes. All together, the holdings of the main library, branches, and off-site storage facilities amount to over three million print volumes, six million microforms, and over 650 online databases.

database  Databases

The MU Libraries provide access to over 650 online databases to help support the needs of our faculty, staff, and students.

ebook  Books

The MU Libraries purchase both electronic and print books, which can be searched using the MERLIN catalog.  For information about electronic books, check out our ebooks guide.

Journal  Journals

The MU Libraries provide access to a variety of academic journals, newspapers, and magazines. Journals may be available in either print or electronic format.  Search or browse for journals.

GovDoc  Government Documents

Since 1862, we have received federal documents through the Federal Depository Library Program. The collection includes documents from the federal government, Missouri state government and selected items from the United Nations.

microform  Microforms

The MU Libraries have over six million microforms.  Microform readers are available in Ellis, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Journalism Libraries.

MU Libraries – Collections in the main library and branch libraries

  • Ellis Library, the main library on the MU campus, is located on Lowry Mall between Memorial Union and Jesse Hall. Ellis Library contains the principal resources for research in the humanities, the social sciences, and the basic sciences.

  • J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library houses collections related to medicine, nursing, health professions, medical research, patient care, health services management and health informatics. The Donald Silver Rare Books Room's historical collection covers both human and veterinary medicine.

  • The Zalk Veterinary Medical Library collects all aspects of veterinary medicine including comparative medicine, laboratory animals, human-animal bond, animal welfare, and animal law. Strengths of the collection include veterinary conference proceedings; veterinary history; and mules, the mascot of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • The A.G. Unkleshabay Geological Sciences Library is a US Geological Survey Depository and provides access to print and digital maps including topographic, geologic, and thematic for the entire US. It also has a significant collection for the history of earth sciences.

  • The Engineering Library and Technology Commons houses collections related to chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical and nuclear engineering. The library includes a DoIT computing lab as well as the College of Engineering Heritage Collection.

  • The Mathematical Sciences Library is located in Room 206 on the second floor of the Mathematical Sciences Building. The building is located next to the Student Recreation Center and across the street from Strickland Hall.

  • The Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library is the world's first Journalism Library founded in 1908, serving the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Journalism.

  • The Missourian Library maintains clippings from the Columbia Missourian and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

  • University Archives is the depository of official records of the University of Missouri at Columbia as well as of the administrative records of the University of Missouri System. University Archives also houses and preserves private papers, organizational records, and manuscripts that relate to the history of the University, the University community, and the University System.

  • Established in 1997, the UM Libraries Depository (UMLD) is a facility for the storage of permanent, important, but infrequently used research library materials. The collection contains materials from the libraries of the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.