The MOspace Institutional Repository is an online repository for creative and scholarly works and other resources created by faculty, students, staff, and departments at the University of Missouri--Columbia and the University of Missouri--Kansas City. MOspace makes resources freely available on the web and assures their preservation for the future.

MOspace is part of the crucial role libraries play in preserving research and scholarship in all forms and making knowledge accessible for future scholars.

For MU and UMKC Faculty, Students, and Staff

MOspace makes your works widely available and provides a permanent URL for ongoing access. MOspace fulfills the requirement of many grants for the deposit of research data.

Submitting scholarly work to MOspace offers many benefits:

  • Increased visibility
  • Author retention of copyright
  • Increased citation rates
  • Google search optimization
  • Full-text search and display
  • Perpetual access and preservation
  • Processing by library employees

MOspace allows the libraries of the University of Missouri to preserve and provide open access to items in a more permanent way than posting to a website. The Libraries are committed to this ongoing effort as part of the next generation of library collections.

For Users Worldwide

For the most part, MOspace resources are available for use to any web user. The exception to this open access practice is with some theses and dissertations which have been restricted at the authors' requests.

Open Access and Author Rights

Items in MOspace remain the property of the copyright holder(s). Authors do not give up copyright when including content in MOspace. They do grant a non-exclusive distribution license to MOspace, which allows us to distribute their works online.

MOspace, in addition to acting as a preservation tool, is our part of the international open access movement. For more information on open access, see the SPARC website.

As part of our MOspace effort, we encourage authors to retain rights to their own works; authors often sign away their rights when they publish in commercial journals. Retaining copyright permits authors to include their works in open access repositories, making the content available to students and scholars without huge subscription fees. In MOspace, the author/creator retains copyright in all cases, so an author could also publish an item elsewhere, providing that the publisher allows this. See the sample author's addendum on the SPARC website for an example of an addendum to a publisher's contract.

Adding Your Content

For items not commercially published, author permission is all that is needed to allow the Library to add it to MOspace. Library personnel can download items from websites or upload items directly via author submission. Most electronic formats are accepted for submission. See our page about adding resources to MOspace for more information.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Types of content in MOspace

MOspace includes, but is not limited to, the following content types:

  • Audio and visual materials
  • Committee and task force reports
  • Conference papers, presentations and proceedings
  • Course materials and learning objects
  • Creative works
  • Data sets
  • Digital art
  • Journals published on the campus
  • Manuscripts
  • Organizational annual reports and newsletters
  • Pre-prints, submitted versions, and accepted versions of articles, when allowed by publisher agreements
  • Published and unpublished papers, articles, chapters and books
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Undergraduate research papers
  • Working papers and technical reports

We get MOspace content in a variety of ways, including individual author submissions, department submissions, and harvesting from university websites.


The MOspace Institutional Repository uses DSpace, an open source application developed at MIT.

Last updated: April 21, 2021.