The John M. Olin Library is the central library of the Washington University Libraries system, housing general-interest materials and collections in the humanities, sciences, and engineering.
You may search library collections in the Classic Catalog or Primo, and by exploring our Research Tools & Guides. Olin Library is also the location of many general services for the Washington University Libraries.
Collection Locations and Floor Plans
Find out more information on exhibition locations and where materials are housed within Olin Library’s five floors.
Data Services Spaces & Tools
Data Services and the Research Studio are located on Level A of Olin Library and support the data needs of Washington University.
University Library Exhibitions
In addition to a number of digital exhibitions, Olin Library hosts a number of rotating and permanent exhibition spaces. See the Olin Library Collection Locations page for floor plan maps.
Newman Exploration Center
The Newman Exploration Center offers a vibrant and dynamic space in the John M. Olin Library and showcases Washington University’s broad and varied international activities undertaken by our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Located on the ground level of the Olin Library, Whispers Café offers an expanded coffee and tea program, more grab ‘n go options, and a great place to sit and chill.
Olin Library Amenities & Technology
Olin Library offers many welcoming spaces, technology-related services, as well as audio and visual materials for our users.
Olin Library Guidelines & Policies
Learn more about Olin Library building access and usage.
Curious about the scripts displayed on the Olin Library plaza? We’ve created a PDF guide about them.
Self-Guided Tour of the John M. Olin Library
Check out our Self-Guided Tour for more information about the spaces and services available in the John M. Olin Library.
|Departments in Olin
|Help Desk – Circulation
|Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
|Research & Liaison Services