Guide to Morris Library for Fall 2013

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Morris Library, as the heart of the SIU campus, makes available a number of services and facilities to make your time at SIU as much fun and as productive as possible.

We're here to help you make the most of SIU. Our services will make your research, writing, and studying easier, faster, and better. These services include

  • Reference, and research help
  • Classes and other instructional help
  • Disability support equipment and software
  • Circulation, course reserves, and interlibrary loan
  • K-12 teaching resources in our Instructional Materials Center (IMC)
  • Special Collections Research Center (archival materials, photographs, etc.)
  • Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Government documents

Our staff will help you use our vast collections, which include

  • 43,000 subscriptions to journals and newspapers, many of which are available online
  • 3 million print volumes
  • 200,000 ebooks
  • 100,000 maps
  • 3.5 million microforms
  • Thousands of rare books and manuscripts

The building has the following features

  • Integrates academic support services so students do not have to go all over campus to get help
  • Open long hours with food and drink (vending and café)
  • Offers extra services such as printing, copying, faxing, DebitDawg, etc.
  • Provides 200 computers and lends 25 laptops
  • Features saturated wireless access and ample outlets
  • Features a variety of collaborative, quiet, and silent study spaces
    • Comfortable, durable, and movable furnishings
    • Flexible seating arrangements
  • Windows bring in abundant natural light
  • Interiors offer bright light
  • Features an auditorium, 2 rotundas, Hall of Presidents & Chancellors, meeting rooms, classrooms, labs, and study rooms
  • Exhibits highlight collections, unique materials, art, and history
  • Events showcase lectures, films, conferences, and student activities

Other organizations share the library building and provide their own useful services, such as

  • Delyte's cafe and coffee commons
  • SalukiTech
  • Writing Center
  • University Honors Program
  • Center for Teaching Excellence

Building floor overview

New for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

Extended Hours Area, 1st floor

  • Delyte's reopened and serving Seattle's Best Copy under Starbucks' "We Proudly Serve" model
  • Public fax machine installed behind Delyte's


  • Over 1 millions books moved back from temporary storage and held on movable shelving
  • New individual and group study spaces added

1st floor

  • Consultation room for research help from librarians to be created next to the Information Desk
  • SalukiTech walk-up help and personal device support available at the Information Desk
  • Renovation underway to create an elevator lobby for students going to the sixth floor Math Labs
  • Tables for group work to be added

6th and 7th floors

  • SIU Math Central will move into the 6th floor and provide a single location for math instruction, tutoring, and support.
    • Two adaptable, technology-dense classrooms will be created for group and project work
    • An 80-student computer aided instruction lab will be added for tutor-led assistance
  • The Center for Learning Support Services (CLSS) will occupy the 7th floor
    • CLSS will provide group study sessions, academic coaching, learning consultants, and math tutors for free
  • Testing Services will also be hosted on the 7th floor
    • It will provide proctoring for distance education course, nationally-standardized, professional certification, and make-up exams.
  • Both the 6th and 7th floor will provide flexible spaces with easy-to-reconfigure furniture and a minimum of hard walls