Information & Resources for...: Visiting Scholars

How to Obtain MU Libraries Borrowing Privileges

International Student and Scholar Services has written a form letter approved by the MU Libraries.
Please use this form letter when creating the department letter for the scholar.

All visiting scholars must have a valid MU ID card to check out materials from the MU Libraries.

  1. Obtain the letter referenced above from one of the following:
  2. Obtain an MU ID card at the ID office located in the University Bookstore
  3. Take the letter and the MU ID card to the Ellis Library Circulation Desk to obtain library borrowing privileges.

Library Privileges for all Visiting Scholars

  • Standard check-out privileges of books owned by the MU Libraries. Excluded are interlibrary loans.
  • Access to:
    • print journals while in the library, but no check-out privileges
    • online journals and ebooks while in the library, but no off-campus access.
    • most, but not all, databases while in the library but no off-campus  access.
  • Computer use in Ellis Library is limited to 2 hours per day and requires a guest login user name and password (stop by Reference Desk in the Information Commons, first floor, South, Ellis Library).
  • Wireless Acces




NOTE: Everyone will need to have a valid MU ID card in order to borrow materials from the MU Libraries.


Visiting Scholars—International

Missouri International Training Institute (MITI) Scholars will receive permission through:

Asian Affairs Center
 N49 Memorial Union
University of Missouri

Visiting Scholars—Non-International

The library privileges outlined for International Visiting Scholars also apply to all other visiting scholars. It is suggested that departments use the same form letter and follow the same process for all visiting scholars.


Questions:  Esther Schnase, MU Libraries, Ellis Circulation/Reserve, (573-882-9158)