What’s New

New Book Arts Exhibits Now on Display in Olin Library

By Julie Hale on February 15, 2019

Three new exhibitions at Olin Library celebrate Washington University’s book arts community. Featuring works by Washington University faculty and students, as well as pieces from the University Libraries’ rare book collections, the exhibits highlight the many techniques, interpretations, and poss...

The Raymond Federman Papers

By Analeah Rosen on February 13, 2019

Raymond Federman – novelist, poet, critic, translator – was nothing if not prolific. And now, his literary papers are fully processed and available to researchers, students, and members of the general public. To celebrate this major addition to the Modern Literature Collection, we present a very ...

LGBTQ history and Black History Month

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

The Zebra Lounge is one of  800+ locations connected to LGBTQ history that are documented online in  Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.  In the 1980s the popular gay men’s bar advertised with a motto “a beautiful blend of Black and White.” This was more than a clever advertising play on t...

Faculty Book Talk Q&A: Provost Holden Thorp Discusses ‘Our Higher Calling’

By Julie Hale on February 4, 2019

In recent years, higher education in the United States has come under fire thanks to rising tuition costs and the growing belief that a college degree doesn’t guarantee a good job. In Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges and Universities (UNC Press), Hol...

New this Spring: Instruction Request Form!

By Amanda on February 1, 2019

Interested in incorporating the library in your course? Check out the updated instruction page, including the new instruction request form! The library is developing an Instruction and Information Literacy Program dedicated to helping faculty incorporate meaningful information literacy skills and...

Readers on The William H. Gass Reader

By Analeah Rosen on February 1, 2019

On the occasion of the publication of The William H. Gass Reader, we asked two writers and Gass aficionados about how his archive here at Special Collections helped shape their research into his celebrated essays and stories. Gass’ literary output was impressive– he published seventeen books in h...

Attend a Research Workshop to Enhance Your Skills!

By Amanda on January 25, 2019

Looking to enhance your research and technical skills outside of the classroom? Then join us for this spring’s 2019 Workshops @ the Library. The workshops are an exciting lineup of seven sessions on topics such as Web Scraping with Python, R for Mere Mortals, and Exploring Visual Collections. Mor...

Eyes on the Prize Receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award

By Alison Carrick on January 24, 2019

Eyes on the Prize receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award We are excited to announce that Eyes on the Prize is the recipient of the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award. This award is given in recognition of a influential work of nonfiction film that continues to inspire new generations of filmmakers. ...

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By Julie Hale on January 16, 2019

Reading as a pleasurable act is what Carl Neureuther, a 1940 graduate of the Washington University School of Business, hoped to promote among students when he set up an endowed book fund for the WU Libraries in 1987. Today the fund provides the resources for the annual Neureuther Student Book Col...

Mary Wickes, the First Mary Poppins

By Sonya Rooney on January 11, 2019

Did you see the new movie “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt?  Have you seen the 1964 “Mary Poppins” starring Julie Andrews?  Did you know that WU alum Mary Wickes played the first Mary Poppins in a one-hour live ‘Studio One in Hollywood’ presentation on CBS on December 19, 1949?  Well, ...