Find a Book

How to Find a Book

Locate a BookFind Call Numbers in EllisRead a Call NumberMaps & LocationsCirculation Status Codes

  1. Search the Catalog for Books
  2. On the result page, filter the results by Format books in the Library Location you want, e.g.: MU Ellis Library

  3. Locate Your Book

    After you search and find a book in the catalog, you need three pieces of information to locate your material.

    1. Location: Which library the book is located
    2. Call number: Where the book is exactly on the shelves
    3. Status: Whether the book is available, checked out, or missing.

    Pride and Prejudice catalog entry



    Find an Ellis Library Call Number

    (WARNING: this will NOT work for other libraries on campus)

    Use one of two methods:

    Thumbnail links to Addresses, Directions & Maps

    Call Number:  

    Video by MU Librarian Michael Muchow


    Still Can’t Find a Book?


    1. Make sure you are looking in the correct library. Check the library location.
    2. Check the call number.
    3. Make sure the book is not already checked out. Check the status.


    1. Look for the book yourself
      • Look for the reshelving area and check there. Reshelving areas are usually against walls and are marked RESHELVING.
      • Go to the shelving room near the elevators on the 4th floor East and ask for assistance.
    2. Ask for help at the Checkout and Information Desk near the north entrance of Ellis Library on the 1st floor.
    3. Use the Retrieve from Shelf Service.
    4. See if book is available on another campus (MOBIUS) and request the book.


NOTE: To check out books, you'll need a current MU ID or guest borrower's card








Find Call Numbers in Ellis Library

Call Number Ranges (click on range to view map)


AC  →  APIcon_External_Link_Video 4 East
AS  →  AZIcon_External_Link_Video 4 East
B    →  DAIcon_External_Link_Video 3 East
DB  →  DFIcon_External_Link_Video 3 East
DG  →  DRIcon_External_Link_Video 3 East
DS  →  HEIcon_External_Link_Video 3 East
HF  →  LIcon_External_Link_Video 2 East
L    →   LTIcon_External_Link_Video 2 East
M   →  M 991Icon_External_Link_Video 4 East
M 1000 →  NIcon_External_Link_Video 4 East
N    →  NXIcon_External_Link_Video 4 East
P    →  PGIcon_External_Link_Video 2A West
PH  →  PQ 2999Icon_External_Link_Video 3 Central
PQ 3000  →  QIcon_External_Link_Video 2 East
Q   →  QD 380Icon_External_Link_Video 2 East
QD 381 →  QKIcon_External_Link_Video 2 East
QL 100 →  QRIcon_External_Link_Video 2 Central
R   →  RZIcon_External_Link_Video 2 Central
S   →  SKIcon_External_Link_Video 2 West
T   →   UHIcon_External_Link_Video 1A West
V   →   VMIcon_External_Link_Video 1 West
Z   →   ZAIcon_External_Link_Video 1 West






Special Call Numbers

Call Number/Collection


001  → 353.7Icon_External_Link_Video 3 West
353.8 (Government Documents) 1 East
353.9  →  999Icon_External_Link_Video 3 West

Special Locations



MU Library Depository (UMLD) MU Depository
SPECIcon_External_Link_Video 4 North West
ReferenceIcon_External_Link_Video 1 East
ReserveIcon_External_Link_Video 1 North
DVD CollectionIcon_External_Link_Video 1 Central
Federal Goverment DocumentsIcon_External_Link_Video 1 East
Missouri State DocumentsIcon_External_Link_Video 1 East
Current Periodicals / JournalsIcon_External_Link_Video 1 Central
JuvenileIcon_External_Link_Video 3 West




call numbers breakdown

Find out more about the Library of Congress Classification System.

Maps, Locations, & Floor Plans

Library More Information…
MU Archives University Archives
MU Depository Request delivery from off-site storage
MU Engineering Library Engineering Library & Technology Commons
MU Geology Geological Sciences Library
MU Health Sciences Library Health Sciences Library
MU Journalism Journalism Library
MU Law Library MU Law Library
MU Math Mathematical Sciences Library
State Historical Society-Columbia State Historical Society of Missouri
MU Veterinary Medical Library Veterinary Medical Library


Status Code Meaning

If the book is still on the shelf, it can be checked out for a shorter amount of time because of a pending request on it.

BILLED A patron has kept it past the due date.

Checked out until the listed date.

If a book you want is currently checked out, you can learn how request the book from:

a MOBIUS library

Interlibrary Loan (ILL@MU)


Is being processed to be added to the library. It will soon be available to check out.


Not available to check out. It is being transferred between libraries.


May only be used inside of the library.

This code is usually reserved for Reference Books and books in Special Collections.


Is lost.

NEW BOOKS On a new book shelf in Ellis or a branch library.
NOT CHECKED OUT In the library and available to be checked out.
ON HOLD Has been recalled by a patron.
ON HOLD SHELF Being held at the circulation desk for the patron who has requested it.

The item has been requested (paged) and has not yet been pulled from the shelf.

UNDER CONSIDERATION In the approval room for the Library to evaluate. It will most likely be added to the library and soon be available to check out.