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General Information


Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Holidays and intersession hours are posted in advance

Location of materials

The Physics Library is located on the third floor of Compton Hall.

On the main level of the Physics Library, you will find the Circulation Counter, the current journal reading alcove (with older unbound issues also), indexes and abstracts, Physics Department dissertations (shelved by author's last name); Reference books, multimedia collections, and three online catalog search terminals. Physics Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title. For help in finding materials, please ask at the Circulation Counter.

On the Mezzanine, you will find the Physics General Stacks containing books (shelved by Library of Congress call number); and Physics Level 2 Journals consisiting of older or foreign journals (shelved alphabetically by title); 19 individual study carrels, and one additional computer.

A listing of periodical titles owned by the physics library and their locations is located on the circulation desk on the library's main level and next to the online search terminal on the mezzanine.


Alison Verbeck, Librarian
Washington University
Physics Library, Box 1105
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-6215

Useful telephone numbers

Name Telephone number Location
Center for Materials Innovation 935-5305 Crow Hall, 1st floor
Chemistry Library 935-6591 Louderman 549
East Asian Library 935-7505 January 209
Gaylord Music Library 935-5563 Gaylord
Interlibrary Loan 935-5442 Olin Library, Level 1
Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics Library 935-6215 Compton 340
Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library 935-5268 Steinberg Hall
McDonnell Center for Space Sciences 935-6257 Compton 4th floor
Physics Department Office 935-6276 Compton 242
Olin Library Reference 935-5410 Olin Library, Level 1
Ronald Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library 935-5406 EPSC 301
West Campus Library & Conference Center 935-9890 7425 Forsyth