The Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library, located at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, houses the largest academic collection of journalism-related materials in the world. It is part of the University of Missouri library system. Library Hours

As the journalism library moves into its second century its history melds with its future, providing the most technologically advanced tools, experiential and collaborative space (both physical and virtual) of any academic library operating today.


Call 573-882-7502 Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also email Vera Elwood, head of the Journalism library, for assistance with research and library services.

Frank L. Martin Journalism Library Website

Library Resources


The Journalism Library still subscribes to a few domestic and international print newspapers, but the majority of our news content is now digitally accessed. Current and historical digital news eprints, online websites, blogs, podcasts and video news can be access through third party aggregators such as Factiva, Proquest and Newsbank.

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 (primarily historical) reference collection on the main level. Many classic print titles are now available online, either through the online catalog or the databases page.

Masters Projects/Masters Theses/Dissertations

Journalism library master’s students may choose to write a thesis or do a project.  Print and digital theses are available through the online catalog, with newer digital theses available through MOSpace, the library’s digital repository. See how to access them here


The journalism library has an on-site collection of over 35,000 print books.  It includes the working collection of journalism, communication, and strategic communication books as well as 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 a passive laser safety system

The library embraces the University and School of Journalism’s goal to provide free or low-cost open education resources (OER) for students, by growing the multi and unlimited access journalism and communication textbook collections.

The library also houses the largest academic photojournalism collection which include books from the Jack and Dorothy Fields Collection, Pictures of the Year International Collection, the Angus and Betty McDougall Photojournalism Collection.  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. The furniture is modern, mobile and comfortable.  Colorful portable screens are available to make student study space more private. A conference room on the first floor and two group study rooms on the lower level can be booked online. Check availability by contacting 573-882-7502 or


The journalism library has 17 computers (12 iMacs, 5 Macbook Air laptops) with a full suite of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software, 4 iPad Airs, two color scanners, black and white and color laser printers, two 52″ flat screen television monitors and a Bloomberg terminal.

Students may check out a large variety of multimedia content creation equipment, including cameras, microphones, tripods, audio recorders, headphones, etc. from the journalism library.