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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Resource Guide: Welcome

Provides access to the film and book and provides resources on their central topic and related issues.

About This Guide

In preparation of the film being shown during the Women's History Month in 2021, this resource guide was created to provide access to the film and to copies of the book on which it was based and to provide resources about their subject matter and related issues.

To see selected resources about Henrietta Lacks and the ethical issues associated with her case, click on the Related Resources tab above or on the link in this sentence.

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The Film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

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E-Book Copies of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Print Copies of the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Columbia College's Stafford Library has one print copy of the book that may be checked out by coming to the library.  See below for its call number and a link to the catalog to see if the book is available or is checked out to a patron.

Columbia College students who live in Missouri or attend a Columbia College campus in Missouri may request copies of the book from the MOBIUS Consortium library catalog.  You will need to be able to pick up the requested book from Stafford Library in Columbia, Missouri, or any other MOBIUS library in the state.  We do not mail books to students.  See the instructions below for how to request books via MOBIUS.  Please contact us for help.

Students who do not live close enough to Columbia College or to another MOBIUS library, should check with their local public library for a copy.  If they do not have a copy available, ask the staff to get you a copy from another library through their inter-library loan system. 

How to Request Books from the MOBIUS Consortium

Who can request books from MOBIUS?  Missouri residents and Columbia College students affiliated with a Columbia College campus in Missouri can request books and pick them up at a nearby MOBIUS library.

Search the MOBIUS catalog at either the Classic Version or the Encore Version.

Browse your results and click on the title you want to request.

Scroll down to the list of owning libraries and see if there are copies available.

If there are available copies, click on "Request" or "Request It."

Drop down the "Find your library or cluster" menu.

Click on the "MOBIUS - Columbia College" option.

Click on "Submit above information."

Enter your name in the appropriate box.

In the next box, enter your Columbia College ID number followed by "CC."  For example:  1234567CC.

Choose your pickup cluster and pickup location.

  • If you want to pick up the book at Columbia College, leave the pickup cluster set to the default of "MOBIUS - Columbia College."  Leave the "pickup location" drop-down menu defaulted to "Columbia Coll, Library Circ."
  • If you want to pick up the book elsewhere in the state, drop down the pickup-cluster menu and choose a library or a cluster.  If you clicked on a cluster, drop down the "pickup location" menu to see which libraries are in it.  Select the appropriate library.

Click on "Submit."

You should get a message on the screen saying your request was successful.  If there is a problem, call us at 573-875-7381 or 1-800-231-2391, ext. 7381.  You can also email us at

You will get an email in your Cougar account when your requested item is at the pickup location.  It takes two - four business days from the date of your request for the book to arrive at the location where you want to check it out.  If you do not receive an email within four business days, call us for assistance at 573-875-7381 or 1-800-231-2391, ext. 7381.  You can also email us at

Books will be sent back to the owning library if they are not picked up within seven days. 


Mary Batterson created this guide in February 2021.  

If you have any questions, email Mary at