For Visitors and Alumni

Students gathered in groups on the lawn around Olin Library.

With access restricted to the Danforth Campus and Washington University Libraries due to COVID-19, borrowing and our curbside pickup service for physical materials are limited to current faculty, staff, and students only.

Visitor Information

Maps & Directions

Review maps of our locations and get details about directions, parking, and other key visitor info.


A full listing of all University Libraries hours.

Access Options

Temporary Credentials

Library visitors can obtain temporary credentials for in-person access to computers and computers equipped with scanners in the Libraries by presenting a photo ID at the nearest Library Help Desk. Temporary credentials do not provide access to remote subscription databases.

These credentials are good for 30 days. Temporary credentials are not renewable but new credentials can be requested as needed.

Century Club Members

Washington University alumni and St. Louis residents can check out materials from the Libraries by joining the Century Club. Basic membership is $100 per year. (Does not include off-campus access to most databases and e-journals.)


Cardholders at some public libraries in the St. Louis area may check out books from Washington University Libraries with an INFO-PASS. Ask your library if it participates in the INFO-PASS program.

MOBIUS Members

Washington University is a member of MOBIUS, a consortium of over 60 academic and public libraries in Missouri and beyond. Students and faculty members at other MOBIUS institutions can check out books using their university ID. MOBIUS users who do not live in the St. Louis area are encouraged to request items via the MOBIUS catalog and have them delivered to their home library, rather than checking them out in person.

SHARES Onsite Borrowing Program

Washington University participates in the SHARES Onsite Borrowing Program. Faculty, staff, and students from participating universities may obtain a courtesy borrower card and check out books from Washington University Libraries. Individuals must request a card from their home institution prior to visiting Washington University using the SHARES Onsite Borrowing Application. The card only allows for borrowing books. The card does not permit interlibrary loan and remote access to electronic resources.

OCLC Borrower’s Card

Washington University participates in the OCLC reciprocal borrowing program. Faculty members at other OCLC academic libraries may check out books from Washington University Libraries by obtaining an OCLC card. Faculty members must request the card from their institution’s library. The card only allows for borrowing books. The card does not permit interlibrary loan and remote access to electronic resources.

People with Disabilities

All Washington University libraries are wheelchair-accessible. If you require additional assistance, please contact the library directly. If you have difficulty retrieving materials from the stacks or other library areas, please notify the staff at the check-out desk. They will be happy to retrieve the materials for you. Students with disabilities should contact Washington University Disability Resources which is part of Cornerstone: Center for Advanced Learning for additional information and assistance.

Additional Amenities

Printing & Copying

The Libraries no longer provide printing and copying services for guests and visitors who are not members of the Washington University community. In lieu of printing and copying services, a number of scanner-equipped computers are provided throughout the Libraries where guests and visitors can scan documents and save them to a USB flash drive or e-mail them to an address of their choosing. In addition, documents created on Library computers can also be saved to a USB flash drive or e-mailed to an address of the user’s choosing.

Wireless Access

Wireless network access policies and procedures for guests and visitors to Washington University.

Services for Faculty

The Libraries offer numerous services to support faculty research and instruction. Learn more about the numerous resources available.

Services for Students

Learn more about the Libraries services available for students, including connections to our collections, remote resources, library spaces, expert assistance, research support, and more.

Services for Staff

Our array of collections, services, and resources are available to all staff with a WashU ID.