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  • Wearing a face mask is necessary to enter the building! Social distancing when inside is required.

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  • All eight floors of Morris Library are open Sunday through Friday to access Wifi, use study space, or pick up physical items requested from the stacks. Group study rooms are unavailable. Enter and exit through the north or east doors.

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  • Go to our FAQ for more information about our pandemic response.

  • On May 10, 2021, Morris Library will change to a new homepage design. All our resources will continue to be be available, but their arrangement will change.

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Thank You from Dean Pollitz

envelope addressed to morris library donors and patrons stamped with a saluki stamp

Morris Library's Day of Giving campaign was a huge success because of the donors who stepped up to help us help the students, faculty, and staff of SIUC. Dean Pollitz offers his heartfelt thanks on behalf of everyone who works here in a short video.

 


title card for the exhibit john james audubon's birds and mammals of illinois featuring an image of two birds on a tree branch

A selection of artwork by John James Audubon is on display in Morris Library's Hall of Presidents until May as part of an exhibit called John James Audubon’s Birds and Mammals of Illinois. The exhibit is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. Visitors must follow Morris Library's COVID-19 response measures.

John James Audubon’s book The Birds of America (1827-1838) is a monumental achievement in nature painting, scientific study, and book printing. Originally appearing in 4 volumes on double elephant folio paper (38" x 26") featuring 435 plates, it required two decades of work and $115,000 ($2 million today) to produce. It was the most comprehensive ornithological record of bird species in North America. Audubon followed it up with a similar study of land mammals, Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-1854). The exhibit features 40 prints selected from that text and the subsequent octavo edition of Birds, originally published in 7 volumes in 1840-1844. They provide an artistic glimpse of the life of nature in southern Illinois. Audubon lived in nearby Henderson, KY, from 1810-1819 and made several "rambles" into the region—at the time a sparsely populated frontier wilderness, yet one rich in diversity of plant and animal species.

New! Video Guides for Research Help

Morris Library has been hard at work creating videos for your classes. These instructional videos cover library skills and concepts ranging from citation and databases to academic honestly. See if there’s something useful to your class or let us know if there’s a video you’d like us to make!

Changes for the Spring Semester

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