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Library Curbside Pickup Now Available for MU Faculty and Students

Library circulation services ceased abruptly in mid-March at the beginning of the Covid-19 closures. Reopening these services will be incremental starting July 1, and continue gradually until full check out services will be restored by the beginning of the fall semester.

How does Ellis Library Curbside Pickup work?

Starting July 1, curbside pickup of MU library materials will be available for MU-affiliated library users. Library materials requested through the MERLIN catalog (up to 30 requests per user) may be picked up at the Ellis Library Loading Dock. When the books requested (See How to Request/Place Holds for Curbside Pickup) are ready for pickup, you will receive an email with a link to the Ellis Library Loading Dock appointment calendar with instructions to select a time. (Pickup slots are 15 minutes long, Mon-Fri, between 10am-3pm.) You will not be able to make an appointment before the books are ready.

When you arrive during your 15-minute appointment, park in the loading dock area (or nearby on Hitt Street) and call the Check Out Desk (573-882-3362). Staff will then deliver your bag of checked out library materials. Please have your ID card out and ready to view. Staff are not able to accept library returns during pickup appointments. Please return library materials in the book drop located at the Ellis Library West Entrance, accessible 24/7.

How long must I wait to pick up my books after I place the request/hold?

Due to on-site staffing shortages, book quarantines, and reduction in some library services, the time for this process may take four to eight business days. We will try as hard as possible to fill requests quickly.

Can I get books from the specialized libraries? 

Books from the specialized libraries may be picked up at Ellis Library, but this may take a few additional days. If you wish to pick up these books at the specialized libraries, however, please contact that library directly for specific details.


Curbside pickup for non-MU library users and for materials from other MERLIN and MOBIUS libraries will be available later this summer. In addition, equipment check out will resume when the fall semester begins.

Questions? Call Ellis Library Check Out Desk at 573-882-3362 or email