Join the Hunt

Come join the Scavenger Hunt at the Ellis Library. Almost 2000 students have already completed it. It is your turn!

You will quickly be aquainted with library spaces and services while decreasing your library anxiety, all at your own pace.   Come with friends or come alone! It will be waiting for you!

Bring a Smartphone or a tablet and start here:




Reference Display: Rock and Roll

Head over to the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for a weekly display of reference or other non-circulating materials.

This week, encyclopedias of rock and roll are on display. The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll includes biographical information, catalogs of musical recordings, and evaluations of performers’ place in rock history. The six-volume set The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History covers: the early years, 1951-1959; folk, pop, mods, and rockers, 1960-1966; the rise of album rock, 1967-1973; from arenas to the underground, 1974-1980; the video generation, 1981-1990; and the grunge and post-grunge years, 1991-2005. Each volume is a historical snapshot of the era, including photos, timelines, and resources guides. Find out more about your favorite rock stars this week!


Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

English 1000 Follow-Up Library Labs

English 1000 Follow-Up Library Labs

When: 4:30-6:00 pm every Wednesday and Thursday February 15th/16th through April 19th/20th (No labs Spring Break week.)
Where: Ellis Library room 213

These labs are a follow-up service for English 1000 students who have attended a library instruction session; students may attend at any point after this class instruction.

This service complements the class instruction, where general library resources and search strategies are covered, by providing lab space where students can actively work on individual assignments and ask for research help as the need arises. A librarian will be on hand to provide research assistance. Students should bring their assignments with them.

Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required, and students may come and go as they please. They may use the computers in the lab or bring their laptops.

Instructors may submit the “Request Instruction: English 1000” form to schedule a library session today. Students are always encouraged to reach out to librarians for reference help in person, through chat, by phone, by email, or by requesting a one-on-one RAP (Research Assistance Program) consultation. See for all the ways to get help!

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

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:

This year, two Black History Month events are take place in Ellis Library:

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation


    Speaker: Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor
    In her new book, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

    Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is working on a book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s. She earned a Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013, and was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



  • 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:

Color Our Collections 2017

Color Our Collections is back! We're going to be releasing coloring sheets as the week progresses this year, so make sure to come back and check this page regularly.  Our first set of coloring pages is adapted from Hesperides, sive, De malorvm avreorvm cvltvra et vsv libri quatuor by Giovanni Battista Ferrari, published in 1646.  This book is all about growing citrus fruits, and we thought the weird and wonderful illustrations of lemons, oranges, and fruits we can't quite identify would brighten up your winter day.

We'll have some art nouveau/Jugendstil offerings, medieval costumes, and more for you throughout this week, including some bookmarks to cut out and color. If you're in Columbia, be sure to stop by the coloring table on the first floor of Ellis Library to pick up coloring pages and show off your work.


Thurnier Buch Coloring Book 








 Jugendstil Bookmarks Coloring Book 











Hesperides Coloring Book 




Staff Picks Display

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books and movies recommended by MU Libraries staff. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all items on display are available for check out. Bring home poetry, a DVD, a novel, non-fiction, and more!

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Get Ready To Do History!

Form your team by January 31 to influence the trivia questions!  See the event page for more information and registration.

Ellis Library Closed Due to Weather on January 13 & 14

Elllis Library will be closed on January 13 and 14 due to adverse weather conditions that have been predicted. The specialized libraries will also be closed.

University Libraries were previously scheduled to be close on January 15 and 16 for observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The MU Campus will be closed on Friday, Jan. 13. More information can be found at MU Alert.

Self-Checkout at Ellis Library

We're happy to announce that Ellis Library has a fully functioning self-checkout machine!

It's a quick-and-easy way to check out books and other items.

How does it work? Simply swipe your student ID and scan your item. The screen shows the due date and gives you the options to print or email yourself a receipt.

Where is it? Right across from the Circulation Desk by the North Door on the main level of Ellis Library.


MU Libraries Participates in Women’s and Children’s Hospital Reverse Trick-or-Treat

For the past few years, the Women's and Children's Hospital has organized reverse trick-or-treating. MU employees are invited to hand out treats to pediatric patients, siblings, and children of adult patients. This year, one of our medical librarians, Taira Meadowcroft, asked for volunteers to go with her this Halloween to participate.

This fantastic group put together halloween bags filled with stickers, pencils, instruments, play-doh, and many other goodies. In all their Halloween glory, they loaded up several boxes, and headed to the hospital. Once there, they were greeted by superheros, princesses, football players, and tinkerbells, all waiting to trick-or-treat. By the end, there was no goodie bags left!

Thanks to all who volunteered to be apart of the 200 MU and MU health staff who handed out treats. Be sure to take a peek at the MU Health instagram and story



Our volunteers included: Grace Atkins, Cindi Cotner- Halloween , Stara Herron- Jack Skellington , Taira Meadowcroft- Netlflix, Kimberly Moeller- Ninja, Paula Roper, Caryn Scoville, Deb Ward- Wizard , Rhonda Whithaus


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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.