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Books to Celebrate Pride

It’s officially Pride Month and to help celebrate this month of love and acceptance, we asked our Mizzou Librarians what stories they’d like to celebrate.

Below are just a few of the recommendations that tell stories of triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ community, all of which are available to request. You can view the whole list of recommended reads here.

Be sure to search the library catalog to see what else we have.

Have book recommendation? Let us know here.

BirthdayBirthday by Meredith Russo

Eric and Morgan decided they were best friends for life. They’ve stuck by each other’s side as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across town, as Eric joined the football team, as his parents started fighting. But Morgan feels trapped in a mixed-up body, in a wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than his son, and a best friend who can never know his biggest secret. Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be– and if they’re meant to be together.


Golden Boy Golden boy a novel Abigail Tartellin.

The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. This novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.



I am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre LordeI am your sister collected and unpublished writings of Audre Lorde

I Am Your Sister is a collection of Lorde’s non-fiction prose, written between 1976 and 1990, and it introduces new perspectives on the depth and range of Lorde’s intellectual interests and her commitments to progressive social change. Presented here, for the first time in print, is a major body of Lorde’s speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde’s landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals. Together, these writings reveal Lorde’s commitment to a radical course of thought and action, situating her works within the women’s, gay and lesbian, and African American Civil Rights movements.


Legends & LattesLegends lattes a novel of high fantasy and low stakes Travis Baldree.

After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time. The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is. If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able to go it alone. But the true rewards of the uncharted path are the travelers you meet along the way. And whether drawn together by ancient magic, flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.


Out at the Movies: A history of Gay CinemaOut at the Movies A history of Gay Cinema

Over the decades, gay cinema has reflected the community’s journey from persecution to emancipation to acceptance. Politicised dramas like Victim in the 60s, The Naked Civil Servant in the 70s, and the AIDS cinema of the 80s have given way in recent years to films which celebrate a vast array of gay life-styles. Gay films have undergone a major shift, from the fringe to the mainstream and 2005s Academy Awards were dubbed the Gay Oscars with gongs going to Brokeback Mountain, Capote and Transamerica. Producers began clamouring to back gay-themed movies and the most high profile of these is Gus Van Sant’s MILK, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be elected to office on an openly gay ticket back in the 70s. The book also includes information on gay filmmakers and actors and their influence within the industry. Interspersed throughout the book are some of the most iconic scenes from gay cinema and the most memorable dialogue from key films.


Stella Brings the FamilyStella Brings the Family

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? It’s not that she doesn’t have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

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Summer 2024 Health Sciences Textbooks Available Online or at Ellis Library

Summer 2024 required and optional textbooks for classes are now available!

Pick your school/college, then your program, and finally the course. It’s as easy as that. Access textbook copies at the Health Sciences Library here.

Note: Paper copies will be available at Ellis Library for 24 hour checkout time during the Health Sciences Library Renovation. Any duplicate copies of textbooks are available and subject to regular check out times.

Some ebooks are limited to one viewer at a time, so please close your browser window when you are finished so that the book will be available to others.

Unfortunately, we don’t have all the books required for every class. If we don’t have your textbook, there are several avenues you can use to find a copy, which are all clearly labeled on each class page.

You can also recommend the Health Sciences Library purchase an online copy here. Please provide what course the textbook is for and the name of your instructor.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

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Student Worker Awarded for Making Maps More Accessible

Last fall, Gabriela Ionita, a former student worker in the MU Libraries’ Digital Media and Innovation Lab (DMiL), received a Lee Henson Access Mizzou award for the work she did on making the library’s web maps more accessible. The Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards, named after a former Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator at MU, honor students, faculty and staff who work to make the university a more inclusive place for people with disabilities.

Her supervisor Nav Khanal, MU Libraries head of teaching and learning, stated, “I am very proud of Gabriela’s initiative and her dedication and attention to detail to make the maps Color Accessible for our users.”

Gabriela, a biological sciences major, was recognized for her map of the seating arrangements in Ellis Library. While the original map had similar shades of green, blue, orange and pink, Ionita’s revised map uses shades of brown, yellow, blue and black so that people who are colorblind or visually impaired can more easily distinguish between the colors.

“Maps are meant to guide you, not confuse you,” Ionita said. “I wanted to create something that would make people smile and ease their everyday lives. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to express my ideas and make Mizzou a better place for everyone. I also want to thank Nav Khanal, Joey Sabo and Guilherme Ferreira for always supporting and giving me feedback. They deserve recognition for their continuous work in the accessibility world.”

The Digital Media and Innovation Lab in Ellis Library provides innovative technology and resources for creative projects.

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Save a Trip to the Library: Request Scan & Deliver

If you need journal articles, book chapters, proceedings, technical reports, government documents, and any part of other printed publications found within the libraries, simply request that the item be scanned and delivered to you via email. This includes items in any library building, and our off-site depository.

There are many ways you can request items from the libraries:

  • In our MU Libraries catalog, you can request items we have in print using
  • When searching for articles in databases, you can request a copy throughFindit@MU
  • Fill out the blank interlibrary loan form if you already know what item you are looking for

There is no charge for MU Faculty, Staff, and Students. For more information on our Scan & Deliver service, please visit our Scan & Deliver page.

Reading Revelry: March

Happy March and early happy International Women’s Day (March 8th)! This month, our recommendations are books by women and about women. We hope you enjoy. Happy Reading!








Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher

ISBN: 9781250244048
Publication Date: 2022-04-26
Marra — a shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter — is relieved not to be married off for the sake of her parents’ throne. Her older sister wasn’t so fortunate though, and her royal husband is as abusive as he is powerful. From the safety of the convent, Marra wonders who will come to her sister’s rescue and put a stop to this. But after years of watching their families and kingdoms pretend all is well, Marra realizes if any hero is coming, it will have to be Marra herself. If Marra can complete three impossible tasks, a witch will grant her the tools she needs. But, as is the way in stories of princes and the impossible, these tasks are only the beginning of Marra’s strange and enchanting journey to save her sister and topple a throne.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

ISBN: 9781432885380
Publication Date: 2021-02-24
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find–her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí ; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

ISBN: 9780525563488
Publication Date: 2020-03-31
Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “tv executives slash amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow.

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

ISBN: 9780399592683
Publication Date: 2020-03-24
Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she’d tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell. So she wrote her immigration lawyer’s phone number on her hand in Sharpie and embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrants.

Gabe Harman

Gabe Harman is a Senior Info Specialist at MU's Engineering library. He focuses on out-reach, instruction, and circulation

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Special Spaces in Mizzou Libraries: Study Nook

Ellis Library is full of study spaces from quiet study to tables in the thick of activity on the first floor. We have the perfect study space for everyone.

One of our favorites, since it was renovated in 2014, is the study nook on the 4th floor of Ellis Library. It’s tucked on the northeast corner of Ellis Library.

You can make use of the smaller cafe type tables, study in one of comfy chairs, or sit at the high top table to look out onto Lowry mall. The view from the windows gives you a nice break from studying if you are a fan of people watching too. And offers plenty of natural light to keep away those winter blues.

Not only do you have access to plenty of study tables, you can make use of the computers in the computer lab and send whatever you need to the printer.

Looking for other study spaces in the library? Make sure you check out our sensory maps to find the best study space for you.



Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

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Black History Month Books Display

Stroll by Ellis Library to pick up a book from our Black History Month Book Display! Celebrate African American authors, stories, culture and arts and learn the history of the African diaspora. Thanks to Paula Roper, social sciences librarian, for providing a curated lists of books from the library collections for the display.

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Book A Librarian For Research Help

Whether you are starting your first research project or have written a dozen articles, you can benefit from a consultation with a librarian. It’s free and you can book online in advance according to your schedule.

Librarians can meet with you virtually or in-person.

MU Students can use Canvas to schedule an appointment via MU Connect* and meet with the librarian assigned to your class. Students, if you book a research consultation with a librarian, you can earn a point towards your S.T.A.R. recognition.

MU Faculty and Staff can fill out the form to schedule an appointment.

*What is MU Connect, and how do you use it? Watch this short video to find out and make an appointment today.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

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Peer Navigator Corner: Understanding Library Layout

Written by: Lorelai Clubb

If you’ve ever taken the elevator in Ellis Library, you may have noticed that they have a unique feature most other elevators do not. In addition to elevator buttons G, 1, 2, and 3, Ellis also has 1R, 2R, 3R and 4R.

While the “R”s may seem complicated, they actually make navigating much easier! Ellis Library elevators don’t just open on one side, but on both sides. Considering how big the library is, the double-sided elevators make it much easier to find materials. “R” actually stands for “rear”, meaning it opens to the south side of the library. This system makes it easier for you to navigate the library’s layout, so you can get closer to your destination faster!

The south side of the library is the side that faces the student center, while the north side is the side that faces Lowry Mall. If you’re unsure which path to take, the Library website has super helpful videos and maps that can walk you through the library to find your study room, books and materials, and different classrooms and spaces. To find these helpful guides, simply visit the Mizzou Library website by typing “Mizzou Library” into the search bar and then visiting the “Maps & Floorplans” tab on the top of the screen.

From there, select Ellis Library as the library you’re looking for, and from there you can select the floor you’d like to visit, the Call Number location guide (with videos), printing locations, and more. The library website is a great resource for just about everything you need.

Still confused? No worries! Visit the “Ask Here” desk run by the Peer Navigators Sunday through Thursday 10am-10pm (12pm-10pm on Sundays). No question is too silly or small, seriously. As students ourselves, we know how confusing the library can be at times, and we are here to help you.

home Resources and Services Which Indigenous Lands Are You On? This Map Will Show You

Which Indigenous Lands Are You On? This Map Will Show You

Native Land Digital is an interactive, global map that provides historical information about Indigenous people, territories, languages and treaties as well as linking to current tribal affiliations.

Users can click on labels across the Americas and around other parts of the globe — or type a specific city, state or zip code into the search box — to see which Indigenous tribes lived where. You can zoom in or out, as well as choose to apply “settler labels” to see how the map corresponds with contemporary state lines. Clicking on the name of each nation brings up links for related reading.

Not only can you use it for personal use, it can also be used as a teaching resource for your courses. Be sure to check out the teacher’s guide on their website. Another nice feature of this interactive map is the app version making it easy to look up what lands you are when traveling.