Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics Library


The Gustavus A. Physics Library is closed. Please see the STEM Libraries Closing article for information. Additional details about the fall 2021 operations and services can be found in our Expanded Operations Plans for Fall 2021.

We encourage researchers to contact the Gustavus A. Physics Library by phone at (314) 935-6215 or via email ( for further details.

Visit our Remote Resources and Guidance page for details about how to access our extensive remote services and additional digital content available during this time. Visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page for additional information.

The Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics Library aims to support the information and research needs of those in the Department of Physics and the general university community as part of the Washington University Libraries. The Physics Library has a core collection of reference and reserve books to support our teaching and research as well as two levels of study space for either group or individual study.

Study tables in the Gustavus A. Physics Library

Physics Databases

Access hundreds of databases offered through the University Libraries. Browse physics journal articles and ebooks.

Borrowing & Returns

Washington University students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers may borrow books. A current Washington University ID or courtesy card is required for all borrowing transactions.

Physics Research Guide

View a curated list of resources specific to the physics department.

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.