COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates and Resources

This page contains all relevant information related to Washington University Libraries’ current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

Unless otherwise noted, the changes listed below are in effect from March 12 until further notice. We will continue to update these details as necessary.

Last updated May 26 at 8:30 a.m.

From Washington University

Library Announcements

Operations Changes

  • All Danforth campus Libraries are now closed to the public until further notice. Please check back here for additional updates and details as this situation develops. Library Hours Details
  • See the website for the Bernard Becker Medical Library for the latest hours and operations information.

Remote Services Resources and Guidance

Materials and Circulation

  • Book drops: Book drops on the Danforth campus remain closed, but drive-up return bins are now open at these locations:
    – Throop Drive
    – South 40 on Shepley Drive
    – West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd.
    Download a map of these drive-up book drop locations.
  • Returns & fines: We will be suspending fines and extending loan return dates through September 1.
  • Interlibrary loan: Physical books and media can not be borrowed through MOBIUS or ILL at this time. You can request book chapters and articles through Interlibrary Loan. We are only able to supply PDFs from the Libraries’ electronic collections. We cannot scan from print materials. We may be able to obtain PDFs from other libraries, but the scans will be slow to arrive and have a higher rate of cancellation. ILL is only available to current WashU students, faculty, and staff. Also please note that Becker Medical Library and the Law Library operate separate ILL services.
  • Technology loans: Technology lending is suspended through the end of the spring semester
  • Campus box delivery: This service has been suspended
  • Returning books by mail: If you will not be returning to campus and would like to ship books and materials back to the Libraries, please send to:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1061
    Atten: Olin Library Circulation
    St. Louis, MO 63130
    ph: 314-935-5420

Events and Awards Canceled

  • All events planned to take place through April 30 have been canceled. We will share details about rescheduled events once we have confirmed those plans.
  • The 2020 Newman Exploration Travel Fund has been canceled.

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COVID-19 Resources

The Washington University Libraries have created a resource guide to help you find information you can trust about the virus, how it spreads, and how to protect yourself. As we prepare for its spread across the United States, we want to be sure our campus is informed and ready to deal with the effects of the virus. Read more