The Washington University Libraries are a powerful network of academic resources featuring 9 libraries (7 locations on the Danforth Campus, one on 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 and Utilize Our Collections
The University Libraries house approximately two million print books, more than 60,000 print journals, over two million e-books, and hundreds of databases, as well as a wide selection of audio-visual materials, manuscripts, and more.
- Search our main catalog
- Interlibrary loan
- Borrowing and returns
- Find course reserves
- Access your account
Discover Remote Resources
A wealth of research and academic materials are available remotely. Our e-books and e-journals, 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
Utilize Library Spaces and Group Study
Students are welcome to utilize our numerous locations across Danforth, and reserve study spaces for individual or group work as needed.
- Maps & directions
- Reserve a study room
- Printing, scanning & copying (visit the Tech Den for additional resources)
Receive Expert Help with Your Research
Our subject librarians assist every department at the university and are on call to help you find the information you need, and offer one-on-one research consultations to all members of the university community. We also offer tools and guides for citations.
- Find and connect with a subject librarian
- Explore research guides
- Guide to citations and styles
- Explore and select a citation management tool
- Chat with a librarian 24/7
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.
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 for additional details or assistance.
- Julian Edison Department of Special Collections
- Digital Projects & Collections
- Connect with special collections curators and staff
Support for Graduate Students
In addition to everything listed on this page, the University Libraries offer some additional services and resources tailored to graduate students:
- Thesis preparation guidelines
- Theses and dissertations in Open Scholarship
- Carrels & lockers
- Instruction & information literacy support
- Recommend a purchase
- ProQuest Theses and Dissertations Global Full-Text Database
You are welcome to subscribe to Libraries Now, a monthly email newsletter with information about new resources, upcoming events, and more. All are encouraged to follow us on social media for the latest information about collections, tools, events, spaces, and other news highlights.
- Subscribe to the monthly Libraries Now newsletter
- Peruse University Libraries’ publications
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Join the Libraries Student Advisory Group
The Libraries Student Advisory Group (LSAG) is an opportunity for students to have an active voice at the Washington University Libraries.