MERLIN Catalog Unavailable March 30

Due to server maintenance, the MERLIN Catalog will not be available on Thursday, March 30.

Please consult the information page to learn about services affected.

Contact the Ellis Library Circulation Desk with questions.

Support University Libraries on Mizzou Giving Day

Give today. Don’t miss your chance!

Please join us!

Mizzou Giving Day is a day for the entire Mizzou family to combine our support and maximize our impact. This first-ever 24-hour online campaign runs from noon on Wednesday, March 15, until noon Thursday, March 16.

On a normal day while class is in session, our campus library system serves over 8,000 students and faculty! Your support for this highly used, critical campus service is greatly appreciated. We need your help to compete for bonus money that is only available to University Libraries on Mizzou Giving Day. Make a gift to impact one of the following strategic priorities or a fund of your choosing:

  • University Libraries Student Advisory Council Fund
  • Friends of University Libraries Fund
  • Collection Enhancement Fund

As friends of University Libraries, let’s come together and show how Tigers can make a difference!




Black History Month 2017

During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar:

Black History Trivia FUNraiser



Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge. 

Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.



Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February:

University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest Call for Submissions

Fast Facts:

  • All undergraduates are invited to submit a class research project from 2016.
  • Prizes: One $500 scholarship for first prize and one $250 scholarship for second prize will be awarded to an individual or group project. The winners will have their projects archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository, and will have the opportunity to participate in a research presentation session at Ellis Library.

Acceptable research project formats include:

Traditional research papers · Musical compositions  · Works of art 
Videos · Websites  ·  Other creative works  

Submissions must have been researched using the resources of the MU Libraries.

The project will be judged primarily on sophistication of the research process and the materials used as documented by a Research Process Statement and a Faculty Support Statement. More information is available at

The deadline for submission of all materials is March 13, 2017.

Contest winners will be notified by April 3.

Grand Reopening of Bookmark Cafe, Feb. 7

Join us from 10 to 11:30 am on Feb. 7 for the Grand Reopening of Bookmark Cafe in Ellis Library. Over the winter break, the Bookmark Cafe was renovated thanks to funding provided by the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee. Come check out the new seating and outlets available for your study needs. In addition, the Cafe now features Harold's Doughnuts! During this event there will be free coffee and samples of Harold's Doughnuts.

This Week in Black History, Woolworth Sit-In

On February 1, 1960, four black students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University went to the segregated lunch counter at the Woolworth Store in Greensboro, North Carolina where they responded to being denied service by remaining at the counter until closing. The sit-in grew in size and scope eventually leading to the official desegregation of Woolworth lunch counters throughout the South, making it one of the most memorable and impactful efforts of the Civil Rights Movement.

The theme for this year's Black History Month at MU is Focus on Black Education. This year's calendar has many great events including a lecture and discussion with Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor on February 8th at Ellis Library, a concert by the LBC Gospel Choir and the Oakwood University Aeolians on February 17th, and an event on February 24th celebrating Monica Hand and Nina Simone. More details on events are included on the 2017 Black History Month calendar. For more information contact the Department of Black Studies at

MU Libraries by the Numbers

Fridays @ the Library Workshop: The Literature Review, Feb. 3

The Literature Review: What It Is and How to Search
Feb. 3 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Demystify the literature review by learning its purpose, and how to find the best sources. We’ll explore practical techniques for searching databases in both the humanities and sciences that save you time and effort.
Rebecca Graves, Health Sciences Librarian
Taira Meadowcroft, Health Sciences Librarian

Workshops offered simultaneously in two formats:
Face-to-face in Room 213 of Ellis Library or live online
Click here to register.

Fridays @ the Library: Staying Ahead of the Curve

University Libraries has a variety of tools, information resources, collections and services to assist with your instruction and research. Learn how other faculty and students are using the Libraries, and how they can best benefit you.

This workshop will be offered simultaneously in two formats: Rm 213, Ellis Library and live online

January 27, 1-2 pm

Registration Required:

Black History FUNRaiser on Febuary 28

The Black History Month Trivia FUNRaiser, which has become a tradition at Mizzou, caps the events of February. From 6 to 9 p.m. on February 28 in Ellis Library’s room 114A, teams will compete for prizes, which include donations to the charities of their choice. 

You do not have to be a black history expert to enjoy the the evening's activities, which include comradery, friendly competition and refreshments, and you will definitely learn something! However, attending some of the events on the Black History Month Calendar will be an advantage since one category of questions is always developed relevant to these scheduled presentations.

The FUNRaiser’s coordinators cordially invite you to form a team of five to eight members. If you register your team by January 31, you can also suggest questions for the event. Follow the link to register and see details specific to the FUNRaiser including which charities are eligible for consideration.

Please include the FUNRaiser on your calendar and we look forward to seeing you on February 28.