Points of Pride - Morris Library
Morris Library’s collection includes more than 3 million print volumes, 240,000 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maps, 3.5 million microforms and extensive collections of government documents, maps, films, DVDs, sound recordings and historical documents.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.
With a total collection of more than 75,000 objects, University Museum’s collection starts with the birth of SIU 150 years ago. The Museum's SIU history collection includes pieces of Old Main; President Daniel B. Parkinson’s walking stick; President Delyte Morris’ Eames chair, cheerleading uniforms, yearbooks, mascot costumes and more.
Special Collections features a noteworthy assortment of world-class collections. Some are unique to SIU, such as the papers Caresse Crosby, founder of the Black Sun Press that published the works of D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway among many other notable writers of the time, 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 87th year as a member of the Federal Depository Program. We are one of just more than 1,000 member libraries in the country and the largest in the region.