Borrowing Privileges and Renewals

Borrowing Privileges
Washington University students, faculty, staff and courtesy borrowers who have current identification cards may borrow books. A current Washington University I.D. or courtesy card is required for all borrowing transactions.

BJC Residents may receive a courtesy card by presenting their BJC ID badge at the circulation desk at Olin Library.

Visitors may get borrowing privileges after donating to the University Century Club. More information on this program.

Category Loan Period
Undergraduates 28 days
Graduate students 60 days
Faculty 90 days
W.U. staff 28 days
Courtesy Borrowers 21 days
Pop-Lit books 2 weeks (all borrowers)
Videos / DVDs  14 days (all borrowers, limit 30 per person)

Circulation of Periodicals
Periodicals circulate to Washington University faculty and graduate students. Bound periodicals circulate for 3 days. Unbound periodicals (current issues) circulate for 1 day. Graduate students with overdue periodicals will be fined $1.00 per day, with no grace period.

Items that have not been requested by another borrower or reached the renewal limit may be renewed using the My Catalog function on the library system. Patrons may also renew by bringing materials to any library on the Danforth Campus. Telephone renewals are not accepted. If the books have reached their renewal limit or are very overdue, they must be brought to a library to be checked in.