Ronald Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library

Outside the Earth and Planetary Sciences Library

The Ronald Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library is currently closed to visitors. We encourage researchers to contact the Earth & Planetary Sciences Library by phone at (314) 935-5406 or via email ( for further details.

The Earth & Planetary Library Library collection seeks to meet the varied academic needs of the Earth & Planetary Sciences Department by providing a comprehensive collection with research collections developed to support faculty and student projects.

The Earth & Planetary Sciences library is located on the 3rd floor of Rudolph Hall.

Earth & Planetary Sciences Databases

Access hundreds of databases offered through the University Libraries. Browse earth and planetary sciences journal articles and ebooks.

Borrowing & Returns

Washington University student, faculty, staff and courtesy borrowers who have current identification cards may borrow books. A current Washington University I.D. or courtesy card is required for all borrowing transactions.

Earth & Planetary Sciences Research Guides

View a curated list of resources specific to the earth and planetary sciences department.

Technology in the Library

The library has five computer workstations equipped with GIS software from ESRI. Photocopiers in all campus libraries (except perhaps Law and Medical) have been replaced with multi-function units that are printers as well as copiers. Please see Printing & Copying Services for locations, prices, etc.

There is a Microfiche Reader in the Planetary Sciences Library.

Faculty Course Reserves Request

Want to place a book on reserve for your class? Need assistance setting up an electronic reserve in Ares? Learn more about placing items on reserve.

Recommend a Purchase

If there is a book or item you think should be added to our collections, fill out our Recommend a Purchase form. Your request will be routed to the appropriate subject librarian for review.

Our Staff

  • Contact

    Ronald Rettner Earth and Planetary Sciences Library
    Clara McLeod
    Job Title
    Earth & Planetary Sciences and Environmental Sciences Librarian
    Phone Number
    (314) 935-4817

Directions to the Library

Rudolph Hall
Room 301
Phone: (314) 935-5406