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University of Missouri Libraries – Remote Services & Resources

Remote Resources for University of Missouri Libraries Users

Library facilities are currently closed.  Always check the Libraries' website for the latest information about our hours and services. Librarians and staff are working remotely to provide services and resources that can be delivered electronically. 

Some publishers are opening their libraries and offering free access to books, journals, and data during this time.  Go to the Complimentary Publisher and Vendor Temporary Access guide to see a list of resources.  Examples of materials:  ASTM Standards, Bloomsbury books, Cambridge Core Collections, and JSTOR Books.  Dates of when access will end varies, but we have noted that on the listing.

As face to face classes are being moved online, keep in mind that you can access many library resources from wherever you are. Here is a basic primer to library services, focusing on what can and cannot be done remotely. As always, we will do our best to support Mizzou students, faculty, and staff. Please contact us if you experience any difficulties as you work or research.

Get Online Help 24/7

Last minute citation question? Want help with research? Need to reach us from off campus? Ask the librarians! You can email us or chat with a librarian from the convenience of your home.   Chat is available 24/7, except overnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Librarian Consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom). Undergraduate students can schedule an appointment via MU Connect. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to contact your subject librarian.

Online Materials and Tools

Many University of Missouri library materials are available to you even if you can't make it to campus to pick up physical items. Use specific databases or Discover@MU to find online resources.  We have hundreds of databases that provide access to journal articles, e-books, video, and more! 

Instructors:  Please communicate with your subject librarian if you need online resources to support your teaching.  We are making some funds available for e-books and streaming media (i.e. films) to support specific instructional needs this spring. 

Many publishers and content providers have opened some of their resources to assist universities with moving classes to online only. This includes access to e-textbooks, databases, articles/journals, and videos. Please visit our guide to see the full list of resources available through complimentary access.

 See our Off-campus Access Guide for help accessing online resources.

Interlibrary Loan

We will continue to process requests that can be acquired and delivered electronically. This service is available for current MU students, faculty and staff only. Learn more about Interlibrary Loan and other related services

Starting June 1 (date subject to change), library staff will have increased access to our print collections. 

Renew Books Online

You can also renew your books online - just log into your Library Account

Instructional Resources

Our subject librarians remain available to deliver instruction on information literacy concepts and research practices through the hosting of of group instruction sessions via Zoom and the scheduling of individual research consultations through MU Connect. Librarians will also work with faculty to ensure that course materials are made available through our e-reserves system.

All faculty are welcome to use the videos, tutorials, modules, and other materials linked on our Instructional Resources page. If you do not find the types of instructional materials you’d like to use for your course, or if you have an idea you’d like to share, please use the request button on the Instructional Resources page and complete the form.

A variety of open educational resources, digital educational tools and online research assignments are available to you at MERLOT, OER Commons, and CORA.

Please communicate with your subject librarian if you need subscription online resources to support your teaching.  Some publishers are offering temporary access to resources that we would not normally be able to acquire.  We are also making some funds available for e-books and streaming media (i.e. films) to support specific instructional needs this spring. 

Returning Materials

We are ceasing overdue notices and will consider all materials due on May 31st.  This includes MOBIUS, Prospector, and Interlibrary Loan materials unless we contact you directly about a specific title.

If you need need to return books, please place them in the book drop near the west entrance of Ellis Library (close to Speaker's Circle). Books that were checked out at campus libraries other than Ellis Library should still be returned to Ellis.

If you have a question or concern, please e-mail Access Services at

Contact Us

Do you have ideas for how the Libraries can help you off-campus? Send your comments to us. 

This page is a derivative of "Special Circumstances: Remote Resources and Guidance for Users" by the University of Washington Libraries, used under CC BY-NC 4.0.