This page contains all relevant information related to Washington University Libraries’ current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
The University Libraries is committed to adhering to the guidelines set out by the university including masks, physical distancing, self-screening, and other health and safety measures. Please visit the university’s COVID19 Response website for additional details.
Last updated August 14 at 12:00 p.m.
- Phase 2 Service Details from University Libraries – August 3, 2020
- Curbside Pickup Details – May 27, 2020
- Libraries Phase 1 Response – May 27, 2020
- Expanded Electronic Resources Due to COVID-19 – April 3, 2020
- Updated Libraries Operations Due to COVID-19 – March 17, 2020
- Announcement from Washington University Libraries Regarding COVID-19 – March 12, 2020
Buildings and Access
- All Danforth Campus locations remain closed to the public, with the exception of John M. Olin Library which will be open for appointment-based services on a limited basis in fall 2020 (dates TBA).
- See the websites for the Bernard Becker Medical Library and Law Library for the latest hours and operations information.
- Visit our Remote Resources and Guidance page for details about how to access services and additional digital content available during this time.
- While University Libraries’ physical spaces remain closed we are providing access to physical collection materials at John M. Olin Library via a curbside pickup-style service. See our Curbside Pickup page for full details.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- Physical books and materials are not available through interlibrary loan (ILL) at this time; these services are slated to resume in fall 2020 (final dates TBA).
- Patrons can request book chapters and articles through Interlibrary Loan. We will supply PDFs from the Libraries’ electronic and print collections. 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.
Materials and Services
- Course reserves: Only electronic reserves are available at this time
- Technology loans: Technology lending has been suspended
- Campus box delivery: Campus box delivery has been suspended
- Poster printing: Poster print services have been suspended
Handling Books and Materials
We will quarantine returned library materials for 72 hours in the interest of user and staff safety
- Returns & fines: We will be suspending fines and extending loan return dates through September 1
- Book drops: John M. Olin Library’s book drops are open. We recommend that patrons utilize our drive-up return bins at Throop Drive, the South 40 on Shepley Drive, or the West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd.
Download a map of these drive-up book drop locations.
- 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
Instruction and Consultations
- Subject Librarians are available for remote consultations with faculty and students via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom)
- Data Services staff are available via Zoom during Help Desk hours and by appointment
- Curators in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections are available to assist WashU faculty, staff, and students with obtaining virtual access to materials for research and instruction
- COVID19 Resource Guide: The Washington University Libraries have created this resource guide to help you find information you can trust about the virus, how it spreads, and how to protect yourself.
- Expanded Content Access during COVID-19
- Rights Issues for Shifting Courses Online