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East Asian Library: Services & Facilities

Circulation Policies

All borrowers with a current Washington University I.D. have borrowing privileges for circulating materials. Loan periods are:
  • Faculty -- 90 days
  • Graduate students -- 60 days
  • Undergraduates -- 4 weeks
  • W.U. staff -- 4 weeks
  • Courtesy borrowers -- 3 weeks
  • Bound periodicals circulate to WU faculty and graduate students for 5 days.
Books that have not been requested by another borrower may be renewed by bringing them to the East Asian Library, or using the "Renew or Request" function at the University Libraries homepage to renew books online. Telephone renewals are not accepted. Renewals may also be requested by e-mail . Borrowed materials may be recalled after two weeks. Fines for overdue books are 20 cents per day, per item; fines for recalled overdue books are 40 cents per day, per item. Overdue periodicals will be fined $1.00 per day.

"Library Use Only" Materials:
  • Materials in the Reference, materials in the Special Collection Room and Room 210, and all current journals in the Reading Room can only be used inside the library. (Special Collection Room hours are: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)


Faculty may place books or other materials needed for coursework on reserve. Please use our "Faculty Course Reserve Form". Reserve material in electronic format can be placed on Ares.

Obtain reserve materials by presenting a current Washington University I.D. at the Service Desk. Loan periods: two days; two hours; four hours; overnight (weekend after 5:00 p.m.; Mon. - Fri. after 9:00 p.m.).

Scanned articles and other electronic texts are available on Ares. Ares course sites are password-protected. Ask your instructor for the password.

Reference Services

Reference services are provided via e-mail, telephone, and in-person (please feel free to visit us). For assistance, direct your questions to:

Collection Locations & Floor Maps

EAsia General Stacks 1st Level (call numbers N,P); 2nd Level (B,D-M,Q-V); 3rd Level (A,C); Basement (Z)
EAsia Folio 1st Level
EAsia Reference Reading Room
EAsia Periodicals Reading Room (current issues); 3rd Level (bound issues)
EAsia Special Coll 2nd Level
EAsia Special Coll (Rm210) Room 210
EAsia CD-ROM Circulation Desk
EAsia Reserve Circulation Desk
EAsia Microform Circulation Desk
EAsia Pop Lit. Basement

Library Floor Maps

Equipment, Computers, Wireless Access, Headphones

East Asian Library Reading Room has five public computers with installed CJK software, which provide access to the Library catalog, as well as access to Internet and other resources. Two have scanners attached. Headphones for general use within the library are available at the circulation desk. The library has one multi-function printer, which is networked and provids printing, copying, and scanning services to members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff).
(Printing and copying services and costs information) | (Instructional videos/Help sheets)

WIRELESS NETWORK ACCESS is available in the East Asian Library. There is information about how to use the wireless network on the Wireless Network Access page.

Olin Library's Arc (Library Technology Center) and Arts & Sciences Creative Lab (Eads 007) have workstations for viewing VHS or DVD materials--including materials in foreign formats such as PAL or SECAM.

Online Services

Washington University Libraries offers Online Services (Suggestion Box, Request for "On-order" Book, Book Order Request, Reserve Request, etc.) for the convenience of the Washington University community.

Renew books online