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Journalism - Resources for Journalism Graduate Students

Checking out items at the Journalism Library

Notice: You must present a valid and physical photo ID (ex. MU ID, license, passport) to check out library materials. You may be asked for your university ID number if using a non university form of photo ID. Your account becomes active when you pay your fees at Jesse Hall and the information is entered into the library system. This can take a few days or a week depending on when you paid the fees.

Circulation Policies


  • 4 month check-out
    • Books from the Columbia campus allow 5 renewals
    • Books from the UM system libraries (UMSL, UMKC, MST) 2 renewals
  • 4 week check-out
    • Books acquired through MOBIUS lending allow 2 renewals. no more than 25 open requests.

Reserve Material –  (all borrowers)

  • Most items are placed on 2 hour reserve.
  • Some material may be on overnight, 2 day, 3 day or 1 week reserve.
  • Fines are $2.00 an hour for late material except camera and equipment.
  • Cameras and camera equipment are $10.00 a day. 

Photojournalism Reserve Books – DO NOT LEAVE THE LIBRARY

  • Recalls  (A book may be recalled from the borrower after two weeks. Patrons will be given one week from the date of the recall to return the book. After this new due date, fines begin to accrue at the rate of $2.00/day.)

Print Journals

  • Bound Journals – 14 day check-out
  • Unbound Journals – Non-Circulating (all borrowers)

Current Newspapers, Reference Books, Microfilm – Non-Circulating (all borrowers) Library Use ONLY

Videos, DVD's & CD's ( all borrowers)

  • 7 day checkout

Circulation Periods for equipment The J-Library is very flexible on our equipment check out.  If you know that you need something longer than the time that something is due please ask us if you can get it checked out for a longer period. Do not just keep it longer than extended time as fines will accrue.

Contact Us

Journalism Library

Email us at

Library: 573-882-7502

Vera Elwood
Head, Journalism Library
103A Reynolds Journalism Institute
Phone: 573-882-6591

Sandy Schiefer
Journalism Librarian
103B Reynolds Journalism Institute
Phone: 573-882-0660


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