Ellis Library, the main library on campus, occupies an entire city block and houses approximately 2.6 million volumes. Ellis Library contains the principal resources for research in the humanities, the social sciences and sciences.
Reference and interlibrary loan librarians who are bibliographic specialists can aid graduate students in their research. Their services include the location of printed and manuscript materials in other libraries in the United States or abroad and the acquisition of photo or microfilm copies of scarce items that cannot be secured in any other form.
Library instruction geared to graduate/undergraduate students is conducted by subject-area librarians who have knowledge of bibliographic resources in specific disciplines. Sessions are conducted at the request of instructors.
The State Historical Society of Missouri, located on the ground floor, east wing of Ellis Library, has extensive collections relating to Missouri and the early West.