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Gaylord Music 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

Non-Circulating materials are:

  • Reference materials
  • Unbound periodicals
  • Music disserations
  • All Gaylord Special Collection materials

Limited/One-day loans to W.U. patrons only are:

  • Bound periodicals
  • Collected works scores

Limited/14-day loans to all patrons are:

  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Books that have not been requested by another borrower may be renewed by bringing them to the Gaylord Library, or using the "Services/Renew" function at the University Libraries homepage to renew books online. 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.


Faculty may place books or other materials needed for coursework on reserve. 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.). Reserve material in electronic format can be placed on Ares.


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:


Equipment, Computers, Wireless Access, Headphones

The Gaylord Library Reading Room has five public computers which provide access to the Library catalog, as well as access to Internet and other resources. Three have scanners attached. The library has one printer, which is networked so that jobs may be sent from any of the public computers, or from patrons' laptops. Print access is managed through a campus-wide service which is only available to students, faculty and staff. (See: http://library.wustl.edu/about/techinfo/computing-printing.html) However, scanned files can be emailed to oneself or saved to a jump drive. The library also has one microfilm/fiche reader. Headphones for general use within Gaylord Library are available at the circulation desk.

Gaylord has a full range of audio and video playback equipement for most formats collected. In addition, Olin Library's Arc (Library Technology Center) and Arts & Sciences Computing's Humanities Digital Workshop have workstations for viewing VHS or DVD materials.

WIRELESS NETWORK ACCESS is available in the reading room. Access to the wireless network requires using either an unencrypted connection (wustl 1.0 or 2.0), an encrypted connection (wustl-encrypted 1.0 or 2.0), or a guest connection (wustl-guest 1.0 or 2.0). Instructions for obtaining the appropriate software and procedures for connecting to the wireless network can be found here. The wireless network is available to students, faculty, staff, and long term visiting researchers of Washington University.


Online Services

Washington University Libraries offers online forms (Comments, Renewal Request, Request for "On-order" Book, Book Order Request, Reserve Request, ILL Request, etc.) for the convenience of the Washington University community.