The MU Libraries are excited to announce a new library catalog, integrated with Discover@MU, that will launch on June 15. This new system will allow you to search for books, journals, and more all from one search box.
In preparation for the change, the circulation functions will be down June 10-14. Some delays may be possible when checking out library materials. Please consult with the Checkout and Information Desk. Requests for materials not owned by MU Libraries may be made at
If you have any questions, please visit Ask the Librarians!
The MU Libraries in partnership with MOBIUS invite you to a faculty workshop on Wednesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. Registration required.
- Learn: Become familiar with open textbooks and the benefits they can bring to student learning, faculty pedagogical practice and social justice on campus.
- Engage: Explore a book and share your expertise by writing a review of an open textbook.
After you graduate, the University 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 University Libraries, wish you the very best in your future endeavors!
The Central and West Stacks in Ellis Library will be closed this summer due to a window repair project. If you need materials that are located in the Central or West Stacks, you may request the materials online or ask for help at the Checkout and Information Desk, which is located on the north side (close to Lowry Mall) of the 1st floor. Here are the call numbers that will be affected:
P to PG
*PH to PQ2999
QL to QR
R to VM
Z to ZA
353.9 to 999
Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction
We apologize for any noise or other inconvenience that occur while we work on some much-needed improvements to the library. Please contact Shannon Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
*Some of these books will be unavailable during this project. They may be borrowed from MOBIUS or traditional Interlibrary Loan.
Deborah Ward, the interim vice provost for Libraries and University Librarian since 2019, has been appointed to the permanent position, effective May 1.
For nearly twenty-five years, Ward has tirelessly served Mizzou in a variety of roles: Director of the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library and Veterinary Medical Library (1997-2021), Interim Associate Director for Research and Information Services (2009-2013), Associate University Librarian for Specialized Libraries (2017-2019), and Interim Vice Provost for Libraries and Interim University Librarian (2019-Present).
During her time as Interim Vice Provost for Libraries, Ward supported students and faculty during the campus closure for COVID-19; built on her vision to integrate the e-learning experience of students with e-resources from the Libraries; participated actively in the campus space reduction initiative; and found ways to bring the teaching collection of the School of Visual Studies into various spaces in Ellis Library. Most recently, she led a team effort to secure a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will fund the renovation of the Ellis Library West Stacks. This renovation project was recommended through a formal feasibility study, is foundational to further renovations, and points to the need for a forward-looking library space master plan. She regularly works with faculty groups, students, and campus administrators to align library spaces, collections, and services with their stated priorities.
Prior to being named interim vice provost, Ward served as the Director of the Health Sciences Library, where she promoted the adoption of electronic information delivery to the hospitals and clinics, clinical librarian services, and the integration of evidence-based information into health care delivery. She was key to the development of a digital library to support rural healthcare providers in Missouri, and she created a new health research librarian position for the HSL. Ward also promoted strong outreach in the state through the HSL’s participation as a Library Partner in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Ward received an AB from Eastern Kentucky University in German; an MA from Eastern Kentucky University in Education, with a library science emphasis; and an MSLS from the University of Kentucky in Library Science.