The food and drink policy is intended to help the Libraries maintain a pleasant environment conducive to study and research, while preserving our collections, equipment and furnishings.
Food and Drink Allowed in Ellis Library
The following food & drink types are allowed in most areas, unless signage indicates otherwise:
Dry, non-perishable snacks such as those found in vending machines (crackers, chips, nuts, etc.)
Non-alcoholic drinks in covered containers
Meals and other types of food may be consumed in the BookMark Café and ground floor seating area near the elevators.
All food deliveries must be received outside of the library.
Please report all accidental spills to a service desk as soon as noticed so that they can be addressed.
Users who fail to abide by the policy will be asked to relocate to an appropriate space or to leave the library.
Restricted Food and Drink Spaces in Ellis Library
No food or drink will be allowed in the Special Collections areas.
The Ellis Reading Rooms are restricted to covered drinks only to honor the quiet policy.
Alcohol and Tobacco
In accordance with University regulation, no alcohol or tobacco products are permitted in the Libraries.
Exceptions to the Policy
Scheduled events and activities that include food and/or drink must be approved by Library Administration.
An early introduction to the library helps students understand that the library is there to support research needs both online and onsite, with resources beyond what existed in high school libraries. The MU Libraries can help you achieve your goal of ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college, by introducing resources, skills, and habits which foster academic success.
The MU Libraries Scavenger Hunt is designed to introduce you to Ellis Library’s spaces and services – and to make the building a little less intimidating. It takes about 30 minutes to complete, so will easily fit into any break in your schedule. Students can take the Scavenger Hunt on their smart phone (http://library.missouri.edu/ScavengerHunt), or stop by the reference desk to pick up a paper copy.
Scheduled Thursday–Sunday before classes start!
Informal tours of Ellis Library are scheduled on the hour Thursday – Sunday, August 18 –21 from 12noon – 7pm, (last tour starts at 6pm). Meet a tour guide at the North Door of Ellis Library, and spend some time learning about one of the largest libraries in Missouri! You may invite friends and family as well to get an in-depth look, (50 minutes), or a quick overview, (20 minutes). We will tailor the tours to your requests when possible.
Tour Questions: Do you know that each academic department on campus has an assigned librarian? Do you know who your librarian is? What kind of study environments do you like? Do you know that Ellis Library has very quiet and moderately quiet study areas, some with cushy chairs, some with computers, and some with group study rooms? Do you know the location of the books in your discipline? Drop in and find out the answer to these and other questions.
Recommended for first-time freshmen, graduate students and friends. Get a jump on the semester by taking a tour. Drop in and learn about the Mizzou Libraries!
Sun: Noon- Midnight
The University Libraries will reduce hours for Ellis Library (and some of the specialized libraries) at the beginning of the fall semester. Ellis Library will no longer be open 24 hours, but will close most days at midnight.
In order to maintain the highest service level possible, the Libraries have increased the hours for online chat access to librarians. Students and researchers may ask questions online almost any time of day or night.
In addition, Ellis Library will be open 24 hours the week before and the week of Finals.
In addition to reducing hours, the Libraries have eliminated eight positions and will be cutting approximately $1 million in collections. These measures result from a lack of student fee revenue as well as the 5% cut to MU general operating funds. The Libraries administration continues to seek funds through a variety of sources.
All hours for Ellis Library and the specialized libraries can be found at library.missouri.edu/hours.
If you have questions, please contact Shannon Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-4703.
In honor of Memorial Day, Ellis Library will have reduced hours this weekend:
What are the hours for all of the other libraries on campus this weekend?
Check our always up-to-date Hours page!
How would a Mississippi riverboat captain’s dream ship have looked in 1870? For David De Haven of New Orleans, it would have featured spiral staircases, arched passageways, private promenades for the ladies and one for “gents,” and luxury cabins opening into sky-lit rotundas. "Water closets" for passengers were to be tucked behind the two towering side wheels. Captain De Haven submitted his drawings to the U.S. Patent Office and received a patent for the innovative floor plan in 1870. Although the designs and accompanying text are part of the U.S. PTO’s online database, they cannot be retrieved through a simple Google search.
MU’s Government Information librarians are available to help you navigate the rich history of our nation’s innovations, whether they be physical machines, new ways of doing things, or artistic innovations such as steamboat designs. We have been an official depository for federal government since 1862. Our trained government information specialists are ready to assist library patrons search more than nine million U.S. patents dated from 1790 to the present. Contact Marie Concannon at 573-882-0748 or email email@example.com for more information or to schedule training session for your class.
D. De Haven, “Ship Building,” U. S. Patent #105,438. July 19, 1870. To view the patent online at high resolution, enter patent number 105438 at the US Patent Full-Page Image search page: http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/patimg.htm
After you graduate, the MU Libraries will still be here to serve you. To find out more about the resources available to alumni, visit Library Resources for Alumni.
All of us at the MU Libraries, wish you the very best in your future endeavors!
Columbia, MO—Leslie Jayne Howard received the MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Award on April, 16, at the annual Friends of the MU Libraries Luncheon. Leslie, who is senior theatre major, received the award for her paper “The Sand-Castle—An Extended Family of Inspiration.” Research for the paper was completed by using the resources of the Lanford Wilson Collection, which is part of the Special Collections at the University of Missouri Libraries.
David Crespy, professor of theatre at MU, stated in his letter of support, “Leslie’s research proposal was one of the most detailed, focused, and organized proposals in the course, and she has pursued her research relentlessly in the new Lanford Wilson Theatre Collection at our Ellis Library Special Collections and Rare Books – going so far as to arrange for access to hitherto restricted papers, based upon her exhaustive investigations into Mr. Wilson’s manuscripts, correspondence, programs, and other papers.”
The MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Contest seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri. A preponderance of resources used to research the paper must be from the MU Libraries and the applicants must submit a brief description of their research process and sources. Any undergraduate in any discipline is invited to enter the contest, which is judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians, members of The Friends of the MU Libraries and MU faculty members. The first prize winner receives a $500 prize.
More details on the contest can be found on the webpage: libraryguides.missouri.edu/researchcontest.