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For Students
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 e-books, and hundreds of databases, as well as a wide selection of audio-visual materials, manuscripts, and more.
Search our main catalog
Interlibrary loan
Borrowing and returns
Find course reserves
Access your account
Discover Remote Resources
A wealth of research and academic materials are available remotely. Our e-books and e-journals, 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 currently available
Reserve a Study Seat
Printing, scanning & copying (limited availability; visit the Tech Den for additional resources)
Poster printing *not currently available
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.
Learn more about Data Services
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 & 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 until further notice
Instruction & information literacy support
Recommend a purchase
ProQuest Theses and Dissertations Global Full-Text Database
Stay Connected
You are welcome to subscribe to Libraries Now, a monthly email newsletter with information about new resources, upcoming events, and more. All are encouraged to follow us on social media for the latest information about collections, tools, events, spaces, and other news highlights.
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Services for Faculty
The Libraries offer numerous services to support faculty research and instruction. Learn more about the numerous resources available.
Services for Staff
Our array of collections, services, and resources are available to all staff with a WashU ID.
Services for Visitors and Alumni
There are many ways that the University Libraries provides access and support to visitors and alumni. Learn more about ways visitors can take advantage of the collections and services at the Libraries.
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