Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics Library


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

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

Physics Research Guide

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

Technology in the Physics Library

The Physics Library has four computers which provide full internet access and one computer with catalog only access. There are two copy machines. One is reserved for Physics Department faculty, staff, and students. The second copier is for all non-Physics Department people and requires use of your WUSTL card account.

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.

Directions to the Physics Library

The Physics Library is located on the third floor of Compton Hall.

Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics Library
Compton Hall
Room 340
Phone: (314) 935-6215