COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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.

Library Announcements
Buildings and Access
Remote Resources
Curbside Pickup
Interlibrary Loan
Materials and Services
Returns
Instruction and Consultations
COVID-19 Resources
Contact Us

Library Announcements

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.

Remote Resources

Curbside Pickup

  • 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

  • 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
    ph: 314-935-5420

Instruction and Consultations

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COVID-19 Resources

Contact Us

  • Reach out with questions and concerns via our 24/7 chat service
  • Contact our Help Desk at (314) 935-5420
  • Visit our Ask Us page for additional contact options and details