Digital Search Tools

Cloth-gloved hands are readying a film on a reel.

The Washington University Libraries are committed to the mission of being an interactive hub of information resources, expertise, services, and relationships advancing research and learning. Washington University Libraries seeks to provide access to digitized material and scholarship produced at Washington University in St. Louis to offer the fullest scope of information technology.

Our websites for film and media, images, and scholarship offer access to these digital materials. The University Libraries have worked with faculty and other partners in creating and maintaining several projects and/or collections made available online; access to these is made possible through Washington University’s open-source platforms.

Search Tools for Digital Materials

Get digital access to various collections from the University Libraries and elsewhere, including digitized material and scholarship produced at Washington University.

  • Ares (Electronic Reserves) | An online portal with access to electronically held course reserves.
  • Image Collections & Exhibitions (Omeka) | A secure repository hosting digital versions of some of the Washington University Libraries’ collections and exhibitions.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library | A digital library partnership aiming to digitize, preserve, and increase online access to collections. HathiTrust includes full-text access to over 6.5 million volumes in the public domain.

Audio + Video

Film slides or stills. In one still are somber faces drawn and shaded in pen. Another slide reads "Scene #7 Flames Begin."

MavisWeb is Washington University’s Film & Media Archive’s digitized holdings. MavisWeb is an online collection of images, films, interviews, and more.


A photo of a crane amongst a construction site with building materials while a horse and carriage trot in the street. The site is to be an office building for the Monward Realty Company and was designed by Eames & Young, whose collection the Libraries' hold. The photo is dated 1913.

Artstor is a collection of nearly 2 million images that embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Open Scholarship

Open Scholarship is a repository service of the Washington University in St. Louis libraries that provides free access to the scholarly output of the university.