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If you cannot locate what you need, please ask a librarian for assistance.
Book drops for your convenience are available outside the Thomas Jefferson and Ward E. Barnes Libraries.
Bulletin Board /Display Counter:
Patrons may request that flyers, handouts, or other printed materials be displayed in the Libraries. The Reference Librarians or the Libraries' Administrative Office will approve materials prior to posting. The materials will be posted on the bulletin board at the Thomas Jefferson Library or on the display counters at the St. Louis Mercantile and Ward E. Barnes Libraries. If materials are posted on walls, glass, elevators, or any other surfaces, they will be immediately removed.
Café TJ, in the Thomas Jefferson Library, offers a full range of Starbuck’s coffees plus snacks, sandwiches and wraps prepared by Sodexo. Usual hours will be 7:30am – 7pm, Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-2pm Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday, and 12pm-5pm Sunday, with abbreviated hours during breaks and the summer session. Re-fuel with coffee and snacks and relax with your friends -- Café TJ is here for you! More information is available at Sodexo's web site: Café TJ
When food service is not available, the café area remains open during regular library hours with soda and snack vending machines, a TV, and power plugs available for use.
Each library has a circulation desk (located just inside the entrance) where you can check out books, laptops, reserve items, MERLIN/MOBIUS or Interlibrary Loan books, etc. and speak to someone about overdue or lost/damaged items. Interlibrary Loan is also located behind the Thomas Jefferson Circulation Desk if you need to talk to one of the ILL staff members.
see Library Research Commons
Copiers & Scanners:
The Libraries have several options for scanning and copying materials for your research.
- Copiers are available for a fee at the Ward E. Barnes and Thomas Jefferson Libraries. The cost is $0.10 per copy and the copiers accept dollar bills and change. A bill changer is available in the Thomas Jefferson Library (accepts $1, $5 and $20 bills).
- Bookeye scanners are available for free at both the Thomas Jefferson (3rd floor) and Ward E. Barnes Libraries. You can either email your scans or save them to a flash/thumb drive. For large (or color) scans, a flash/thumb drive is recommended.
- Flatbed scanners are available in the computer labs. Please ask a lab consultant for assistance.
Elevators are available at the Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis Mercantile Libraries. The Ward E. Barnes Library only has one level; therefore, there is no elevator in this library.
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The operating hours of the University Libraries change throughout the year. For current information, refer to the Hours page
, or contact us
(Thomas Jefferson Library only) Laptops may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the main floor (third level). A limited number of laptops are available for a two-hour, in-library checkout to current University of Missouri - St. Louis students.
Library Instruction Room #315 (Thomas Jefferson Library):
The Library Instruction Room #315 is located on the North Campus in the Thomas Jefferson Library. The libraries offer Library Instruction sessions to University of Missouri-St. Louis students. Additional information on Library Instruction sessions
Library Research Commons (LRC):
The LRC computing labs are run by UMSL's Information Technology Services
department. They are available to faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users at both the Thomas Jefferson and Ward E. Barnes Libraries. The LRCs are staffed by Instructional Technology Support consultants who can help with basic computer issues and answer questions about the lab's hardware and software.
For questions about library resources (books, articles, databases, etc.) and their use, please request assistance from a Reference Librarian.
- Printing is only available within the LRCs (not at computers in the lobby areas).
- If you need color printing, please speak to the lab's ITS consultant at the desk.
- Users must log in using their SSO ID. Please refer to UMSL's Information Technology Services site for additional policies and information.
- The Library Research Commons close 30 minutes before the libraries close. For more details, see the hours page.
Lost and Found:
The Thomas Jefferson and Ward E. Barnes Libraries maintain lost and found containers at the Circulation Desks. Lost items are held for up to one month and then sent to the Lost and Found Center (Information Desk) in the Millennium Student Center. Wallets, purses, cell phones, car keys and other items of significant value are immediately given to campus police. The LRC Computer Labs also collect items lost within the lab areas (check with the lab consultants if you think you might have left something in one of the labs).
The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Library building. Please visit their site for additional information: St. Louis Mercantile Library
Printing is available in the Library Research Commons only. Please ask a lab consultant for assistance. Additional information and policies are available at the Information Technology Services
Restrooms are located on every floor of the Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis Mercantile Library. The restrooms on the third level (the entry level) are wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are located in the South Campus Building, just outside the Ward E. Barnes Library.
Thomas Jefferson Library:
Ward E. Barnes:
- Levels 1 & 2 are Quiet Floors. Conversations should be kept to a whisper and in smaller groups.
Amenities: Large and small tables, some study carrels.
- Level 3 is the entry level and also has a few tables alongside the LRC. Conversations can and will happen, but please be courteous of others. If you enjoy a quieter area, please try another floor.
Amenities: Medium tables. Café TJ can also be used for studying whenever the library is open.
- Level 4 has been designated a Silent Floor, reserved for individual study only. No talking, please.
Amenities: Study carrels, medium tables.
- Level 5 is a Group Study Floor, with rooms and spaces where groups can study together quietly.
Amenities: Study carrels, medium tables, study rooms.
- Study carrels and tables are located throughout the library. Conversations can and will happen, but please be courteous of others.
In the Thomas Jefferson Library there are ten study rooms & one video room on Level 5 which are available for student use. Study rooms are available for University of Missouri-St. Louis students only. Keys to the study rooms may be checked out at the Current Periodicals Desk (Level 5), with a valid UM-St. Louis ID card, for a two-hour period and are checked out on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a study room for later today, go to our reservation page
. Study Rooms are available 30 minutes after the Library opens and close 30 minutes before the Library's posted closing time.
- 2 large study rooms (7-10 persons)
- 2 medium study rooms (4-6 persons)
- 6 small study rooms (1-3 persons)
- 1 video room (see below) (1 person)
Use of the study rooms is subject to the current Study Room Policies
. The Ward E. Barnes Library currently does not have any study rooms, although there are various areas in and around the library where groups can meet.
Red phones are located throughout the libraries for on-campus calls (using four-digit campus extensions). In the Thomas Jefferson Library, a phone for local calls is located on the second floor near the elevators.
Video and Media Equipment:
Thomas Jefferson Library has a media room on Level 5 with a TV and players for VCR tapes, as well as DVD & CD discs. The room is reserved for use by University of Missouri-St. Louis students only. A key to the room may be checked-out at the Current Periodicals/Microform desk with a valid UMSL ID card, for a two-hour period. The room is checked out on a first come, first served basis. The Ward E. Barnes Library has TV/VCRs with headphones for patron use. Use of the media room is subject to the current Study Rooms Policies
Water fountains are located near the elevators on all levels of the Thomas Jefferson and Mercantile Libraries. A water fountain is located in the Ward E. Barnes Library just outside the library's entrance.