About the Libraries

Libraries support the instruction, research, service, and economic development missions of the University of Missouri. By acquiring scholarly resources, developing innovative services, and applying new information technologies, the Libraries fulfill their primary purpose: to serve our users.

2.6 million+
Print Volumes
24.4 million+
Database Searches
$15.2 million
General Revenue Allocation


The University Libraries have over 3.8 million items in their collections. .


The libraries have a variety of spaces available for every user need. From classrooms and study nooks to the Bookmark Café and Digital Media Lab in Ellis Library, students have access to a wealth of resources for success. .

Photo of the North entrance to Ellis Library on the Lowry Mall

Collection Development and Management

The Libraries are constantly curating content for our users.

Photo of the cast gallery in Ellis Library

Art in the Libraries

The artwork you can view in the libraries is always changing.

Photo of Ellis Library taken near some flowering trees

Annual Reports and Survey Results

Our library surveys and reports provide valuable insight into the work of the libraries and the feedback of our users.

History of the Library

The Missouri University Libraries have a history reaching all the way back to 1841, when the first library provision was set aside. .


The MU Libraries provide services that support the mission of the University of Missouri and enable the success of our faculty, students and staff. .

Campus Library Committee

The Library Committee is charged with making recommendations to University leaders concerning the continued improvement of the library collection and library services. .


A resource that includes the guidelines and policies that help us provide a good experience for our users.