The Washington University Libraries are a powerful network of academic resources featuring 12 libraries (10 on the Danforth Campus; one at West Campus; one at the Medical School), vast print and electronic collections, and expert librarians.
University Libraries are here for YOU! Our array of collections, services, and resources are available to all staff with a current WashU ID.
*Please note: Numerous Libraries services have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources, Curbside Pickup, and Remote Resources and Guidance pages for additional information.
Explore and Utilize 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. Our “Pop Lit” collection on Level 1 of Olin Library includes recent best sellers and mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, and fantasy titles, and our media collection includes CDs, DVDs, and more.
- Search our main catalog
- Interlibrary loan
- Borrowing and returns
- Authorized borrower (proxy) request
- Access your account
Discover Remote Resources
A wealth of research and academic materials are 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.
- Guide to remote resources
- Off-campus (proxy server) access
- Explore research guides
- Contact your subject librarian
- Reach out via 24/7 chat
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 and assist with course reserves. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend asking in chat or visiting our FAQs.
Copyright and Publishing Support
Scholarly Communication 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 answer questions and offer personalized assistance.
- Julian Edison Department of Special Collections
- Digital projects and collections
- Connect with special collections curators and staff
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.
You are also welcome to sign-up for our monthly email newsletter Libraries Now and follow us on social media for the latest news and event updates.
- Subscribe to the monthly Libraries Now newsletter
- Join us at events, including our book club, workshops, lectures, film screenings, and more
- Peruse Libraries publications
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram