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About the Library

The Library was named for the abolitionist newspaper editor, Elijah Lovejoy, who was shot and killed while defending his press from a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois in 1837.


Lovejoy Library was established in 1965 to support and enhance instruction, scholarship and public service to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the region, by providing scholarly information and archival resources.

  • Approximately 800,000 volumes
  • 1,300,000 microforms
  • 540,000 U.S. Documents
  • 150,000 maps and aerial photographs
  • 34,000 sound recordings
Reference and Other Services
  • Reference Service
    Service is free of charge for all inquiries connected to personally conducted research.
  • Electronic Access
    Online access to bibliographic databases providing citations, abstracts, full text, and images of articles in thousands of journals.
  • Reciprocal Services
    HEC cardholders and InfoPASS participants are welcome.
  • Non-SIUE Patrons
    Borrowing privileges are available to current SIUE Alumni Association and Friends of Lovejoy Library members.
  • Assistance
    Library staff are available to assist users in locating information and resources. Numerous finding aids and guides to the collections are available to researchers.
Special Collections
  • Regional History
    Books, manuscripts, oral histories, and photographs relating to the history and culture of southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area
  • Music
    Sheet music, recordings, oral histories, stock arrangements of popular music from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century
  • National Ragtime and Jazz Archive
  • United States and Illinois document depositories
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