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The Morris Library basement is open to the public again. It remains easiest to access the Dewey books and print journals 1995 and older through our request system. Use the library catalog to place requests and plan ahead.

Browsing of basement shelves is available on a limited basis. For more information, please visit our Borrow, Request, and Renew page and click on "How to Checkout and Use the Circulating Battery Packs." 

Find books, journals, ebooks, government documents, DVDs, CDs, and more in the library catalog.


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Widen your search with the I-Share catalog, which includes materials from libraries across Illinois.

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Celebrate LGBTQ+ Regional History Day on July 26 by bring your photographs, newspaper clippings, and other print media to help grow the collections of the Southern Illinois Queer Archive, a collaborative project of the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Special Collections Research Center. SCRC staff will digitize them, with your choice of retaining the originals or donating them to the archive. While you're there, learn more about our ongoing efforts to highlight and preserve the LGBTQ+ history of southern Illinois. The event runs from 1-4:30pm on Friday, July 26, 2024. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information at 618-453-2516.

Join student photographers from EIU and SIUC at a reception and panel presentation on their experience at the SIU Photojournalism Weekend Workshop featuring views of Cobden and Alto Pass. The event will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2024, from 2-4pm in the Morris Library Rotunda, on the first floor of the library building.For more information, contact the Special Collections Research Center at (618)-453-2516.

Join us for the Friends of Morris Library's annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2024, featuring music by The Phonics. The fundraiser will be held in the SIU Student Center's Ballrooms A & B and Corker Lounge from 5:30 until 9:30pm with appetizers and a buffet dinner catered by Hunan. Tickets are available by following the link and are $75. Ticket sales end August 23, 2024. Call 618-453-1815 for more information.

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Morris Library's Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program supports students by offering financial incentives for teaching faculty to use alternative lower-cost educational materials rather than high-cost textbooks. This may include the adoption or adaption of an existing open textbook, or, in some cases, the creation of a new open textbook. To learn more, visit our program page.

The submission deadline is September 13, 2024, and award notification is by September 27, 2024. The open textbook can be used in a course in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. Interested faculty must submit a proposal to receive the grant.

See our Juneteenth topic page and find websites and books related to the holiday.

See our LGBTQ+ Pride topic page and find websites and books related to subject.

See the photograph exhibit, 1949: SIU at a Crossroads, in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors on the first floor through August 2024. The images showcase life on campus during SIU’s Diamond Jubilee. This July 2 is Founder’s Day, marking the opening of SIU in 1874, 150 years ago this summer.

Visit the Wildflower Show in the Morris Library first floor rotunda, May 10 - August 10, 2024. in the Morris Library first floor rotunda, May 10 - August 10, 2024. Featuringlocal artists Jan York, Kathy Wides, Jen Wharton, Jeannie Ravenscraft, Julie O. Murphy, Laura Marjorie Miller, Beth Martell, Lisa Lennox, Shannon Green, Jonny Gray, Cathy Daesch, and Rhonda Branum. The real wonder of wildflowers is that they adapt so effortlessly to the different conditions they find themselves in. If ever there was a flower that epitomizes the idiom “bloom where you are planted,” it’s the wildflower. We could all take a cue from these wild, free and yet still rooted plants. They are resilient, untamed, beautiful, surprising, colorful, and unpredictable. There’s a lot to love about them.

The Inclusive Collection highlights books featuring topics, authors, characters, perspectives, experiences, and expertise that members of systemically marginalized and excluded communities of people bring to every genre and discipline.