10 Reasons to Love the Libraries: Undergraduate Student Edition

There are so many reasons to love your libraries… but we narrowed it down to 10 (and a few bonus) resources, services, and more for undergrads at Washington University:

  1. Washington University in St. Louis has 12 Libraries, all with unique features, spaces, and resources to explore. Ten are on the Danforth Campus.
  2. Subject librarians are available in person or via chat and are your personal advocates for library resources and services. Subject librarians can provide one-on-one research consultation to assist you in finding the resources you need.
  3. Borrow materials—including textbooks—from libraries anywhere in the world. Request books and articles from other libraries through one of the multiple options in our interlibrary loan system.
  4. Check out tech including laptops, phone chargers, digital cameras, and hard drives. Plus, computers are available for use throughout John M. Olin Library and other Danforth Campus library spaces.
  5. The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections provides access to rare and unique primary source materials. Our collection areas include the Film & Media Archive, Manuscripts, D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, University Archives, and Local History. A number of the libraries across campus also house unique collections in music, art, business, and more.
  6. Reserve a group study room on Level 2 of Olin Library, and take advantage of our unique study areas such as the Newman Exploration Center, Risa’s Landing, and the Sky Room. All 10 Danforth Campus spaces provide additional opportunities for both quiet and group work–explore them all!
  7. Access hundreds of library databases of scholarly articles and journals anytime and anywhere. Log into the proxy server to connect with scholarly electronic resources from off campus.
  8. Enjoy a diverse lineup of special events and exhibits throughout the year, such as book talks, poetry readings, lectures, film screenings, workshops, symposia, and study breaks.
  9. A variety of technology-rich instruction spaces are available on Level A of Olin Library, including three instruction rooms, an A/V Studio, a Data and Visual Exploration (DaVE) space, and our Research Studio
  10. Take a break from class-related reading with a book from our Pop Lit section. Located on Level 1 of Olin, Pop Lit includes mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy titles, romance novels, and more.
Be Textbook Savvy

Did you know WashU Libraries can help save you money on textbooks? It’s true!

Learn more via our Textbook Affordability Guide.

WashU Guide for First-Generation Students

Compiled by our summer 2019 interns Alayzha Jordan and Mashoud Kaba, check out this Research Guide designed to help first-generation students navigate their years at WashU.

Additional amenities available at John M. Olin Library
  • robust WiFi and plenty of power outlets
  • coffee and refreshments at Whispers Café
  • special and permanent exhibits on view
  • a variety of seating, study, and instruction spaces
… But Wait, there’s More!

Explore all we have to offer in our Library Services for Students section.

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