Library Services for Alumni, Visitors, & Other Users

All Washington University Libraries are open to the public, although some libraries are open only to Washington University students and faculty in the evening. While all community users are welcome to use library resources on-site, borrowing privileges are limited to:

Century Club Members

Washington University alumni and St. Louis residents can check out materials from the Libraries by joining the Century Club. A basic membership is $100 per year. (Does not include off-campus access to most databases and e-journals.)


Cardholders at some public libraries in the St. Louis area may check out books from Washington University Libraries with an INFO-PASS. Ask your library if it participates in the INFO-PASS program.

MOBIUS Members

Washington University is a member of MOBIUS, a consortium of over 60 college, university and public libraries in Missouri and beyond. Students and faculty members at other MOBIUS institutions can check out books using their university ID. MOBIUS users who do not live in the St. Louis area are encouraged to request items via the MOBIUS catalog and have them delivered to their home library, rather than checking them out in person.

HEC Cardholders

Washington University is a member of the Higher Education Center (HEC) of St. Louis. Full-time faculty members at other HEC institutions may check out books from Washington University Libraries by obtaining an HEC Card. Ask your library about the HEC Card program.

OCLC Borrower’s Card

Washington University participates in the OCLC reciprocal borrowing program. Faculty members at other OCLC academic libraries may check out books from Washington University Libraries by obtaining an OCLC card. Faculty members must request the card from their institution’s library (Directory of OCLC Libraries). The card only allows for borrowing books. The card does not permit interlibrary loan and remote access to electronic resources.

Washington University Staff

All staff with a current Washington University ID card may check out books and other materials from the Libraries, use the Libraries’ computers and online resources, and use Interlibrary Loan (if based at the Danforth Campus). In addition, many of the services for faculty and instructors are also available to staff. In addition to academic resources, the Libraries have a large selection of popular books and audiobooks that have been assembled for your reading and listening pleasure. Check out the PopLit Collection at Olin Library, Level 1. CDs, DVDs, videos, and other media are also available.

People with Disabilities

All Washington University libraries are wheelchair-accessible. If you require additional assistance, please contact the library directly. If you have difficulty retrieving materials from the stacks or other library areas, please notify the staff at the check-out desk. They will be happy to retrieve the materials for you. Students with disabilities should contact Washington University Disability Resources which is part of Cornerstone: Center for Advanced Learning for additional information and assistance.

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