Rettner EPS Library Services & Facilities

Any Washington University student, faculty, or staff member with a current WU identification card may borrow items from the EPS Library.

Non-Washington University patrons may borrow items by becoming members of the Century Club. Patrons from other MOBIUS libraries may also check out books using their institution’s identification card.

For books in the general collection, the following loan periods and total item limits apply:

Patron Loan Period Item Limits
Undergraduates 28 days 150 Items
Graduate students 60 days 300 Items
Faculty 90 days 600 Items
W.U. Staff 28 days 50 Items
Courtesy borrowers 21 days 25 Items

Some materials have more limited loan periods or item limits:

Collection Loan Period Item Limits
GIS Collection 28 days Same as general books
Videocassette/DVDs 14 days 30 Items
Faculty 90 days 600 Items

Maps, periodicals, state geological survey publications, federal government publications, reference and permanent reserve materials are library use only.


Items may be renewed several different ways:

  • By signing onto the Catalog
  • By emailing your name, ID number, and the items’ barcode numbers to
  • By bringing them to any library’s circulation desk

Items cannot be renewed by telephone.

Items may be renewed up to 20 times unless a hold or recall has been placed on the item by another patron.

Course Reserves

For Students

Physical course reserves lists may be viewed in the Library Catalog.

Materials on reserve for courses may be checked out by presenting a current WU I.D. at the Circulation Desk.  Most course reserve items are on 2-Hour/Overnight reserve, and may be checked out for 2 hours, but they must remain in the EPS Library.  Within a half hour of the library closing, the items may be checked out overnight, and will be due one hour after opening the next day.

Electronic course reserves may be viewed in the Ares system.

For Instructors

Physical course reserves lists can be submitted to the EPS Library via email, department mailbox, or in person. Alternatively, instructors can fill out the Online Reserve Request Form. Please be sure to indicate the EPS Library on the form.

Electronic course reserves can be added to the Ares system. Contact the EPS Library with a list of items to scan and put on electronic reserve, or manage your own courses in Ares by following these instructions: Ares Instructions for Faculty.

Permanent Reserves

Materials on permanent reserve are available for use in the library, but cannot be checked out.

Basic Reference Materials
GPO Catalog of United States Government Publications
Table of the Nuclides
Visual Elements Periodic Table
Web of Science
WebElements Periodic Table
Databases related to Earth & Planetary Sciences
Organizations, Societies & Associations
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
American Geological Institute
American Water Resources Association
Geological Society of America
Geoscience Information Society
Lunar & Planetary Sciences Institute
American Geophysical Union
Basic Subject Materials
Handbook of Geochemistry (1969) QE515 H35
Handbook of Silicate Rock Analysis (Potts, 1987) REF QE438 P68 1987
Introduction to Geochemistry (Krauskopf, 1995, 3rd ed.) QE515 K7 1995
Origin of the Earth and Moon (Ringwood, 1979) QB631 R55
Principles and Applications of Geochemistry: a comprehensive textbook for geology students (Faure, 1998, 2nd ed.) QE515 F28 1998
Principles of Geochemistry (Mason/Moore, 1982, 4th ed.) QE515 M3 1982
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Exploration Geophysics (Sheriff, 1991, 3rd ed.) REF TN269 S524 1991
The Interior of the Earth (Bott, 1982, 2nd ed.) QE511 B56 1982
International Dictionary of Geophysics (Runcorn, 1967) QC801.9 I5
Introduction to Geophysics (Garland, 1979, 2nd ed.) QE501 G39 1979
Basic Geological Mapping (Barnes, 2011, 5th ed.) QE36 B33 2011
Cartographic Design and Production (Keats, 1989) GA105.3 K42 1989
Methods in Geological Surveying (Greenley, 1930) QE45 G848 (West Campus)
An Introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals (Deer, et al., 2013, 3rd ed.) QE364 D381 2013 4o
The Encyclopedia of Mineralogy (Frye, 1981) REF QE355 E49 1981
Encyclopedia of Minerals (Roberts, 1974) QE355 R6
Manual of Mineralogy (Klein/Hurlbut, 1999, 21st ed. rev.) QE372 D25 1999
Rock Forming Minerals (Deer, 1978, 2nd ed.) QE364 D38 1978
Earth and Life Through Time (Stanley, 1989, 2nd ed.) QE28.3 S73 1989
The Encyclopedia of Paleontology (1989) REF QE703 E52
The Encyclopedia of Prehistoric Life (Steel, 1979) QE711.2 E5 1979 4o
Handbook of Paleontological Techniques (1965) QE718 K8
Principles of Paleontology (Raup, 1978, 2nd ed.) QE711.2 R37 1978
Petrology – General
Dictionary of Rocks (Mitchell, 1985) QE423 M58 1985
Laboratory Handbook of Petrographic Techniques (Hutchinson, 1974) QE433 H87
Petrography: An Introduction to the Study of Rocks in Thin Section (Williams, 1982) QE431 W672 1982
The Study of Rocks in Thin Section (Moorhouse, 1959) QE431 M78
Petrology – Igneous
Atlas of Igneous Rocks (Mackenzie, 1982) QE461 M219 1982
Igneous Petrology (Carmichael, 1974) QE461 C37
Igneous Petrology (McBirney, 2007, 3rd ed.) QE461 M46 2007
Petrology – Sedimentary
Atlas of Sedimentary Rocks Under the Microscope (Adams, 1984) QE471 A28 1984
Sedimentary Petrography (Milner, 1962, 4th ed.) QE471 M636
Petrology – Metamorphic
Metamorphic Petrology: Mineralogical, Field, and Tectonic Aspects (Turner, 1981) QE 475 T89 1981
Petrology of the Metamorphic Rocks (Mason, 1978) QE475 A2 M394
Regional Geology
The Encyclopedia of World Regional Geology (1975) REF QE5 F33
The Geology of Continental Margins (Burk, 1974) QE39 B85
Remote Sensing
Introduction to Remote Sensing (Campbell, 2007, 4th ed.) G70.4 C23 2007
Manual of Photographic Interpretation (1960) TA593 Am34
Manual of Remote Sensing (1983, 2nd ed.) G70.4 M36 1983
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (Lillesand, 2008, 6th ed.) G70.4 L54 2008
Dynamic Stratigraphy: An Introduction to Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (Matthews, 1984, 2nd ed.) QE651 M354 1984
Lexique Stratigraphique International (1956- ) QE7 I5
Phanerozoic Geology of the World (1978- ) QE651 P49
Stratigraphy: An Introduction to Principles (Donovan, 1966) QE651 D6

Computer Workstations 
The library has five computer work stations. They are equipped with GIS software from ESRI.

Photocopiers in all campus libraries (except perhaps Law and Medical) have been replaced with multi-function units that are printers as well as copiers. Please see Printing & Copying Services for locations, prices, etc.

Microfiche Reader 
There is a Microfiche Reader in the Library.