The Washington University Libraries are a powerful network of academic resources featuring 12 libraries (10 on the Danforth Campus; one at West Campus; one at the Medical School), vast print and electronic collections, and expert librarians whose first priority is helping students and faculty find the information they need.
*Please note: numerous Libraries services have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources, Curbside Pickup, and Remote Resources and Guidance pages for additional information.
Explore and utilize our collections
The University Libraries house approximately two million print books, more than 60,000 print journals, over two million ebooks, and hundreds of databases, as well as a wide selection of audio-visual materials, manuscripts, and more.
- Search our main catalog
- Find articles, databases, and more
- Interlibrary loan
- Checkout and return
- Find course reserves
- Access your account
Check out this short video tour of the Libraries’ website to help you find what you are looking for:
Discover remote resources
A wealth of research and academic materials is available remotely. Our ebooks and ejournals, databases, and research guides are accessible 24/7. You can use these electronic resources from off-campus by logging into our proxy server.
- Guide to remote resources
- Off-campus (proxy server) access
- Explore research guides
- Contact your subject librarian
- Reach out via 24/7 chat
Utilize library spaces and group study
Students are welcome to utilize our numerous locations across Danforth, and reserve study spaces for individual or group work as needed.
- Maps & directions
- Reserve a study space *not available Fall 2020
- Reserve a Study Cubby
- Printing, scanning & copying (limited availability; visit the Tech Den for additional resources)
- Poster printing (not available Fall 2020)
Receive expert help with your research
Our subject librarians assist every department at the university and are on call to help you find the information you need, and offer one-on-one research consultations to all members of the university community. We also offer tools and guides for citations.
- Find and connect with a subject librarian
- Explore research guides
- Guide to citations and styles
- Explore and select a citation management tool
- Chat with a librarian 24/7
Enhance your data and organize your research
If you need guidance in understanding, managing, sharing, or analyzing data, or visually communicating through graphics or maps, our Data Services team can help. Organize your research or plan a project with assistance from our knowledgeable, experienced staff. Data Services provides consultations via virtual help desk Monday–Thursday.
Access unique collections
The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections houses a vast range of rare primary source materials in a number of diverse collecting areas. Check out the archival projects and digitized collections on our website, or get in touch with our curators for additional details or assistance.
- Julian Edison Department of Special Collections
- Digital projects and collections
- Connect with special collections curators and staff
Services for graduate students
- Thesis preparation guidelines
- Theses and dissertations in Open Scholarship
- Carrels & lockers (not available Fall 2020)
- Quiet study spaces (not available Fall 2020)
- Instruction & information literacy support
- Recommend a purchase
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