The John M. Olin Library is the central library of the Washington University Library System housing general-interest materials and collections in the humanities, social sciences, and engineering. You may search library collections in Primo or the Classic Catalog. Olin Library is also the location of many general services for the Washington University Libraries.
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1061
St. Louis, MO 63130
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Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
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Graduate study rooms are located on Levels B, A, 2, and 3. Faculty studies are located on the West side of Levels 2 and 3.
Lost items are kept at the Check-out Desk on Level 1. WU Police pick up the lost items once per day, Monday – Saturday, and transfer them to the WUPD lost & found, which is the central location for those seeking lost items on Danforth Campus. Valuable items such as mobile devices, laptops, and wallets that are not claimed at the Help Desk within 2 hours will be sent to WUPD’s lost & found. For more information, please see WUPD’s Lost and Found.
- Determine if you are looking for a microfilm, microfiche, or microcard by checking the WU Libraries Catalog.
- While looking at the item’s catalog record, make a note of the item’s primary (first) entry in the record. This is most likely the author or title. Also check to see if it is part of a series.
- Use the chart below to best determine where your item is located within the collection.
- Use signs at the end of each shelf to determine the aisle in which the title is located.
- Visit the Interlibrary Loan office around the corner from the scanners for assistance during the hours 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday. Visit the Help Desk on the first floor for assistance in the evening or on the weekend.
- Individual titles are often filed under the author’s last name
- Journals, magazines, and newspapers are filed by title (e.g. New York Times or Time magazine)
- Items which are part of a series are filed by series title (e.g. STC or Wing reels fall under Early English Books).
|Type of microform||Description||How it is Shelved|
|Microfiche||Approximately 3″x4″ transparent pieces of plastic printed with very small images of documents. Government documents are often printed on fiche.||Most fiche are filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog. Government documents are by the federal government’s classification, or SuDoc, number.|
|Microcard||Opaque cards of various sizes that are printed with very small images of documents.||Microcards are filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog.|
|Microfilm||Approximately 35mm wide rolls of transparent plastic printed with very small images.||Microfilm is filed alphabetically, by primary entry in the online catalog.|
There are 4 courtesy/campus phones near the entrance to Whispers, on your right as you enter the library. Dial ‘9’ plus the number for an off-campus call. Courtesy/campus phones may also be found in the basement of the Women’s Building; east entrance of Mallinckrodt Center, across from the Bakery; and the south door of Eads on the 1st floor. These phones can be used to make campus and local calls.
Please use your cell phone only in the staircase landing area on each floor. In other areas of Olin, cell phone ringers should be turned off in order to minimize noise and distractions for library users.
Print and copy charges will be:
- Black & white, single sided — $0.04 per image
- Black & white, two-sided* — $0.06 per sheet ($.03 per image**)
- Color, single sided — $0.25 per image
- Color, two-sided — $0.40 per sheet ($0.20 per image)
*Default print and copy settings are set to black & white, two-sided. Users may choose other options as desired.
**An image is all printing on one side of a sheet of paper.
Printing From Library Computers
Computers in the Library have one print queue installed which allows users to print to library multi-function printers. Libraries The default print queue is “\\220.127.116.11\wulib-print”. This queue can be used to print to any multi-function printer in the Libraries. This queue is set to print black & white, two-sided. Users can change printer properties to print single-sided or to print color, either single-sided or two-sided.
Printing From Personally-owned Computers in the Libraries
Printing from personally-owned computers in the Libraries is available provided you have installed the proper software which is available on the STS web site.
Please report problems with the printers to the Helpdesk on Level 1.