The Washington University Libraries are a powerful network of academic resources featuring 9 libraries (7 locations on the Danforth Campus, one at the West Campus, and one at the Medical School), vast print and electronic collections, and expert librarians whose first priority is helping students and faculty find the information they need.
Explore our Collections
The University Libraries house approximately two million print books, more than 60,000 print journals, over two million ebooks, and hundreds of databases, as well as a wide selection of audio-visual materials, manuscripts, and more.
Review for Retention
Items flagged for deaccessioning based on their condition, redundancy, out-of-scope holdings, or care requirements will be posted on the Libraries’ website for one month, to allow for faculty review and comments before removal from the Libraries’ collections. Retained items, after any necessary treatment, will be returned to library stacks.
Discover Remote Resources
A wealth of research and academic materials is available remotely. Our ebooks and ejournals, databases, and research guides are accessible 24/7. You can use these electronic resources from off-campus by logging into our proxy server. A librarian can assist you in embedding online resources into your Canvas course, too.
Support for Teaching and Information Literacy
Our Instruction and Information Literacy Program provides services that can be tailored to your disciplines and course needs. Through the program, library staff will collaborate with you on the design of research assignments, virtually teach instruction sessions focused on research, source evaluation, and synthesis, and embed in the university’s Learning Management System to work online with you and your students.
Connect with Your Subject Librarian
Our subject librarians assist every department at the university and are on call to help you find the information you need. They can provide one-on-one research consultations, visit your class remotely or in-person to give instruction on library resources, create research guides for your disciplines, and assist with course reserves.
Enhance Your Data and Organize Your Research
If you need guidance in understanding, managing, sharing, or analyzing data, or visually communicating through graphics or maps, our Data Services team can help. Organize your research or plan a project with assistance from our knowledgeable, experienced staff. Data Services provides consultations via virtual help desk Monday–Thursday, as well as providing data-related virtual workshops that can be adapted to your class needs.
Copyright and Publishing Support
Scholarly Communication and Digital Publishing Services offers up-to-date information on copyright, intellectual property rights, open access, and best practices for publishing in relation to evolving trends and technologies. The unit can help you explore options for sharing and using scholarship and assist with licensing, privacy, and other issues related to research and teaching. The team can also assist with copyright questions related to online instruction.
Access Unique Collections
The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections houses a vast range of rare primary source materials in a number of diverse collecting areas. Check out the archival projects and digitized collections on our website, or get in touch with our curators, who can provide instruction, expertise, and support for integrating these materials in your classes.
Explore Scholarship Across Washington University
Our Digital Library Program Services team maintains Washington University’s Open Scholarship repository, a platform for the university’s scholarly output. The site provides free access to course projects, faculty research, books, theses and dissertations, and journals.
A few times each semester the University Libraries send The Scholar, an email newsletter for faculty with details about our latest resources, news, and exhibits. You are also welcome to follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly email newsletter with additional news and events highlights.
- Subscribe to the monthly Libraries Now newsletter
- Peruse The Scholar and other University Libraries’ publications
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
Faculty Libraries Council
The Faculty Libraries Council serves as an advocate to University leadership for the University Libraries and their priorities.