Welcome from Dean Moore
We’re here to help you get the most from your SIU experience and to help you prepare for a successful future life. With state-of-the-art facilities, comprehensive services, and extensive collections, we invite you to explore our eight floors of library collections, academic support services, computers, group study rooms, meeting rooms, and classrooms. Throughout the building, you will find flexible, technology-equipped seating arrangements that encourage collaboration and innovation. We host a variety of historical and artistic exhibits in the Rotunda and Hall of Presidents and Chancellors. Art adorns the walls throughout the building to appeal to a variety of aesthetic tastes. Guyon Auditorium features stimulating presentations, programs, and films.
Delyte’s Café, inside the north entrance, features Seattle’s Best Coffee and other beverages, soups, sandwiches, and snacks in a casual, open environment designed for conversation and recharging.
The name Delyte’s honors the building’s namesake, Delyte Wesley Morris. He served as SIU President from 1948 to 1970 and is remembered for transforming a regional college to today’s SIU, a highly-respected, comprehensive university recognized throughout the country for its innovative curriculum and ground-breaking research.
The physical collections with equipment and support to make the most of them are found throughout the building as outlined in our floor overview (http://lib.siu.edu/floor-maps). In addition to the physical collections and services, Morris Library provides a rich, diverse set of online resources including e-books, journals, databases, videos, tutorials, and guides. Virtual guides, called LibGuides (http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/researchguides), prepared by our subject specialist librarians (known as liaison librarians or My Librarian; http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/liaisonprogram) help you research independently at your convenience. We offer highly-responsive reference and consultation services through chat, text, email, and phone to supplement our outstanding face-to-face customer service provided at the Information Desk. The Circulation Desk is the place to stop to check out a book, pick up an item you requested from our collection or another library, use an item on reserve, or borrow a laptop or cable.
In addition to comprehensive library services, Morris Library is home to many academic support services—including Saluki Tech, Center for Teaching Excellence, Writing Center, Speaker’s Center, Math Central (classrooms and labs), Learning Support Services (Tutoring Center; Testing Services), Honors Program, Center for Dewey Studies, and Special Collections Research Center. These services, programs, and centers will help you succeed in your academic efforts. All the service points or services are listed in the table below.
|Floor||Physical Collections||Service Points (Services)|
|Basement||Books, Indexes, Journals||Center for Dewey Studies|
Honest Abe Book Sale
Subject Specialist Librarian Offices
Digital Media Lab
DVDs and Videos
Instructional Materials Center
Theses and Dissertations
Geographic Information Systems and Maps
Books and Oversize Books
|Fifth Floor||Books and Folio Books|
|Sixth Floor||Books||Math Classrooms and Labs|
Learning Support Services
We invite you to visit the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to locate an SIU photograph, a past issue of the Daily Egyptian, or use primary sources from one or more of our unique collections. In SCRC you’ll find outstanding collections on freedom of the press, political papers including those of Senator Paul Simon, philosophy, Irish literature by James Joyce and others, theater, and twentieth-century literature. While SCRC houses manuscripts, rare books, and archives, it provides vast stores of digital content at your fingertips 24/7.
To ensure a safe and comfortable environment within Morris Library that is conducive to a variety of study and collaboration activities, please adhere to our policies. We have coded the floors and spaces within the building to different noise levels (collaborative, quiet, and silent) to accommodate group work as well as quiet study. If you encounter noise that is not appropriate to an area, please contact the Circulation Desk (618-453-1455) or a staff member for assistance.
Please review our Mission Statement and 2014 - 2016 Strategic Plan (PDF format) to learn more about our goals and direction for the future. A flyer highlighting portions of the strategic plan is also available.
We hope you will visit often and ask questions. We are here to help!
Anne Cooper Moore
Dean of Library Affairs
Administrative Office - Morris Library 2nd floor