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Land-Grant University

The University of Missouri was given land-grant status in 1870 through the Morrill Act of 1862.

At that time, most universities exclusively provided the traditional classical studies, and higher education was inaccessible to those who were not wealthy or elite. The mission of the Morrill Act was to expand university offerings to include agricultural and technical education, and to make universities more accessible and practical for the working class. 

In 1870, the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources) was established at the University of Missouri in Columbia to fulfill this mission. MU Extension also plays a critical role by providing vital, practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners, consumers, and other citizens across the state of Missouri.

Library News 

MOBIUS Borrowing Freeze [May 2024]
Starting April 18, MOBIUS borrowing is suspended due to a catalog transition; use interlibrary loan instead.
Borrowing is expected to resume during the summer intersession. 

Until further notice, submit requests for MOBIUS items through the MU Libraries' interlibrary loan (ILL@MU) portal. 

Borrowing from MU and UM System libraries in Discover@MU will not be affected. You can continue to request print resources as usual from MU libraries, MS&T, UMKC, UMSL, and depositories.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the libraries at