Description of Collections



The Journalism Library subscribes to both domestic and international print newspapers. Domestic papers are arranged alphabetically by city and international papers by country in the newspaper display cabinet across from the public services desk. Access to digital newspapers and newswires is available to journalism library customers through Factiva, Proquest News Stand and Newspaper Source. Access to historical papers are also available through Proquest Historical Newspapers and digitized collections. 

Print Journals/Magazines/Periodicals

Most academic journals are now available online via the online catalog (MERLIN), but many professional and trade journals are still available only in print.  Print journals are displayed on the southeast wall of the library’s main floor, visible when entering the library.

Reference Collection

The journalism library has a small print reference collection on the main level.  Many classic print titles are now available online, either through the online catalog or database page.

Reserve Materials

While the journalism library still has a number of print titles, especially photojournalism books on reserve behind the public services desk, most items are accessible through electronic reserves (E-Reserves) which provides 24/7 access for students on or off campus.  Other items on reserve for checkout are: Equipment,  cameras, video cameras, tripods, microphones, laptop computers, laptop accessories, digital audio recorders, headphones, IPads, etc.


The journalism library has 37 computers (17 iMacs, 20 Macbook laptops) with a full suite of multimedia software, 1 color flatbed scanner, Kic Book Scanner,  black & white and color laser printers, 5-52” flat screen TVs, and a microfilm reader/scanner.

Masters Projects/Masters Theses/Dissertations

Journalism library master’s students may choose to write a thesis or do a project.  Print and digital theses, dissertations and projects are available through the online catalog. Newer (after 2005) digital theses, dissertations and projects are available through MOSpace, the institutional repository for the University of Missouri’s scholarly output.
  • Journalism Masters Project List in Merlin – Currently the projects held at the depository are unavailable due to mold.  They will be scanned to be available electronically in the near future.  Projects before 2013 are in offsite storage.  
  • Electronic Journalism Masters Projects are available through MOSpace. This collection is growing, but at this time only contains projects from Fall semester 2012 on.  There is a few months lag time between project acceptance and its availability in MOSpace.


The journalism library has an on-site collection of over 30,000 print books.  It includes the working collection of journalism, communication, and strategic communication books as well as the Betty Winfield Political Communication and Mass Media History Collection, and a growing 4000-volume journalism fiction collection. The Steve Weinberg Journalism Fiction Collection, named for journalist and author, Steve Weinberg, is a collection of novels with primary characters depicted as journalists.  These books are housed in state-of-the-art compact shelving with one-touch electronic movement and passive laser safety system. Students and faculty also have access to a growing e-book collection, including reference titles, available 24/7. The library also houses the largest academic photojournalism collection including photojournalism books from the Jack and Dorothy Fields, Pictures of the Year International,  Angus and Betty McDougall Photojournalism and David Rees Photojournalism collections.  This is only fitting since Photojournalism as an academic subject was born at the Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to these collections, the journalism library has a substantial historical collection of typography books.  Since the journalism library collection is over 100 years old, several thousand books and periodicals are either in the MU Libraries’ Special Collections or safely stored in off-site storage where temperature and humidity levels are closely monitored.

Individual and Group Study Space

The Journalism Library space has been optimized for collaboration. Most furniture is modern, mobile and comfortable. Colorful portable screens are available to make your study space more private. Two group study rooms and a conference room are available and may be booked ahead online at: .  The  Journalism Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays. Assistance is available by calling 573-882-7502 during open hours or emailing Sandy Schiefer at Walk-ins and appointments are welcome..


The Journalism Library will always be your library and its staff will always be willing to assist you with your information needs.  Feel free to contact Sandy Schiefer, for assistance.


If you have a specific information need and think that we at the journalism library might help, please feel free to contact Sandy Schiefer, .  She will be happy to work with you.