Points of Pride - Morris Library

  • The library’s collection includes more than 3 million print volumes, 200,000 e-books, 100,000 maps, 3.5 million microforms and extensive collections of government documents, maps, films, DVDs, sound recordings and historical documents. In March 2016, the Friends of Morris Library presented the library with its three-millionth volume, a first edition/first printing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Harriet Beecher Stowe book published in March 1852.
  • Special Collections features a noteworthy assortment of world-class collections. Some are unique to SIU, such as the papers of SIU alumnus and former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, an attorney who was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois, and the papers of Katherine Dunham, renowned American dancer, choreographer, author, educator and social activist.
  • SIU Press, the University’s book-publishing branch, publishes award-winning scholarly books along with volumes that celebrate the culture, history and natural beauty of the region and state.
  • The First Amendment Freedoms collection traces the intellectual history of the concept of freedom of expression in the United Kingdom and the United States from 1600 to the present.
  • You can access more than 1.5 million historical and current government documents at Morris Library. The library is celebrating its 85th year as a member of the Federal Depository Program. We are one of just more than 1,100 member libraries in the country and the largest in the region.