Olin Library offers many welcoming spaces, technology-related services, as well as audio and visual materials for our users.
Carrels, Lockers, and Faculty Studies
Olin Library provides material storage and study spaces throughout the building for Danforth faculty and students to use.
Library materials kept in lockers and faculty studies must be checked out or the materials will be removed. It is the responsibility of the borrower to check out books at the check-out desk and either return or renew them when they are due.
Day Lockers for one-day use are available to students and faculty on Levels B, A, 2 and 3 near the copier machines. Keys are available at the Check-Out Desk. Day Lockers may not be reserved.
Graduate Student Lockers are available to Danforth faculty and graduate students for a period of one year on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduate Student Lockers are located on Levels B, A, 2 and 3. Keys are available at the Check-Out Desk. Renewals can be arranged on a space-available basis.
Danforth faculty needing space for longer research projects may request one of the assigned faculty studies on Levels B and A. These will be assigned for a period of one year on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewals can be arranged on a space-available basis.
If demand for faculty studies exceeds supply, a waiting list will be maintained. Renewals may be denied to those people who use their assigned space infrequently.
Group Study Rooms available for Danforth faculty and graduate students are on Levels B, A, 2, and 3. Faculty and Graduate rooms utilize a card swipe lock and require a Washington University faculty ID card. Undergraduate quiet study rooms are not locked. Learn more about the group study rooms.
All library material kept in a day locker, lockable bookshelf, or study must be checked out to the person assigned to the space. Library staff will periodically inspect day lockers, lockable bookshelves, and studies. Any library material not checked out will be removed and returned to the stacks.
Food or drinks may not be kept in day lockers, lockable bookshelves, or studies.
Trash cans must be placed outside faculty studies to be emptied by the cleaning staff.
Day lockers, lockable bookshelves, and studies were not built to secure personal property and are susceptible to theft. Electronic equipment is particularly vulnerable. For this reason, please do not leave valuables in these spaces.
Instruction Room 3
Due to the impact of COVID-19, Library Instruction Rooms will not be available for in-person, face-to-face classes until further notice. When this space becomes available we will post instructions and a link to place new reservation requests.
Instruction Room 3 is accessible to anyone with a valid Washington University ID and is available for drop-in use and studying when not reserved. The Libraries reserve the right to ask anyone using the room to leave when the room is scheduled for a program.
For more information on Instruction Room 3, please see the Instruction page.
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.
The University Libraries provide computers in the following locations:
- John M. Olin Library – Levels B, A, 1, 2, and 3
Seven Mac computers in Olin Library.
- 1 computer (with Camtasia software) is on Level B, near the restrooms.
- 1 computer is on Level 2 near the restrooms.
- 4 computers are on Level 3, near the book stacks.
- 1 computer is on Level 3, near the restrooms.
Software on PCs
Software installed on all PCs:
- Adobe digital editions
- Google Earth
- Mendeley desktop
- Microsoft Office pro
- VLC media player
Personal File Storage
Files cannot be stored permanently on Library computers. When a public computer reboots it resets itself to a default configuration and periodically erases all locally stored user data. Please utilize your own external drives such as flash drives/thumb drives to save work. Save to your own device and save often. If you forget your thumb drive and need to borrow one please see the circulation desk in Olin Library and you will be provided with one. Please review and follow the University’s rules on the use of computing resources when using library-provided computers. Any movies, music, programs, or other software installed or stored on library computers may be deleted at any time.
Printing and Copying
The Libraries provide printing and scanning services to members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff) using color, multi-function printers located throughout the Libraries. These devices provide print and copy services at the same price. Printing is available from all PCs in the Libraries and from personally owned computers with the proper drivers installed.
Multi-function printers are available at the following locations:
- Level B – near the computer area
- Level A – near the computer area
- Level 1 – near the computer area
- Level 1 – Whispers Cafe
- Level 2 – near the computer area and near the west windows
- Level 3 – near the computer area and near the south windows
Microform Readers and Scanners
Microform Scanners & Collections
There is one ViewScan II and two ViewScan III state-of-the-art microform scanners located on Level B of the Olin Library.
How to Find Microforms
- Determine if you are looking for a microfilm, microfiche, or microcard by checking the WashU Libraries Catalog.
- While looking at the item’s catalog record, make a note of the item’s primary (first) entry in the record. This is most likely the author or title. Also check to see if it is part of a series.
- Use the chart below to best determine where your item is located within the collection.
- Use signs at the end of each shelf to determine the aisle in which the title is located.
- Visit the Interlibrary Loan/Reserves office around the corner from the scanners for assistance finding and viewing microforms. Outside of business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm), visit the Help Desk on Level 1.
- Individual titles are often filed under the author’s last name
- Journals, magazines, and newspapers are filed by title (e.g. New York Times or Time magazine)
- Items which are part of a series are filed by series title (e.g. STC or Wing reels fall under Early English Books)
|Type of microform||Description||How It Is Shelved|
|Microfiche||Approximately 3″x4″ transparent pieces of plastic printed with very small images of documents. Government documents are often printed on fiche.||Most fiche are filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog. Government documents are by the federal government’s classification, or SuDoc, number.|
|Microcard||Opaque cards of various sizes that are printed with very small images of documents.||Microcards are filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog.|
|Microfilm||Approximately 35mm wide rolls of transparent plastic printed with very small images.||Microfilm is filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog.|
Small flatbed scanners are available in Olin Library on levels A, 2, and 3 in the stack area adjacent to the catalog-only systems. Two KIC Bookeye overhead scanners are also available – adjacent to the Olin Library Help Desk on Level 1 and in the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library copy room. The Bookeye can scan from a flat surface or a v-cradle and documents can be saved to a USB drive or sent via email.
The A/V Studio Pilot Program, located in Olin Library Level A Room A05, offers a technology-enhanced space that creates an environment especially suited for audio and video recording and still camera work. The studio supports individual and group recordings.
Audio and Visual Materials
Thousands of DVDs are available at Olin Library. The collection is shelved on Level B and fully browsable. The link below will take you to a page of DVDs by subject or language. These categories are not comprehensive, so if you are looking for a particular title and you don’t find it, search for that title in the Classic Catalog. There are also some DVDs in the Music and Art & Architecture Libraries.
Thousands of DVDs are available at Olin Library. Most of the collection is shelved on Level B, with a few behind the Help Desk on Level 1.
Level B DVDs are fully browsable and are listed in the catalog with the location Olin Library Level B DVDs.
Level 1 DVDs are listed in the catalog with the location Olin Library Checkout Desk (DVD).
They may be requested at the Help Desk by providing the title or call number to a staff member at the desk.
You may also place requests for DVDs through the online catalog.
Below is a link to a list of DVDs in the Olin collection. If you are looking for a particular title and don’t find it, please ask at the Help Desk, call us at (314) 935-5420, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or chat with us online.
DVD Subject Lists
There are a few reference-type CD-ROMs; they are located at the West Campus Library. Please ask at the Help Desk on Olin Level 1 for assistance in obtaining these resources. Audiobooks and some sound recordings are located on Level B in Olin Library. Most audio CDs and other sound recordings are located in the Music Library.
VHS videos are arranged as a browsing collection in Olin on Level B. Departmental libraries may also have small video collections related to their subject areas.
Olin Library Videos (Warning! There are over 5,000 of them, so this takes a while to load.)
Audiobooks are shelved on Olin Library Level B. You can search for them in the Classic Catalog by author or title, and limit your search to spoken recording as the material type. But if you just want to browse what we have, try these links: