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Brown School Library

About Us.

Course Reserves, Catalog & Circulation
Assistance, Student Employees

Jonesey Johnson
Library Associate
Office: Brown Hall 301B
Phone: (314) 935-8312

Schedule Appointment

Literature Searches, Instruction
and Research

Lori Siegel
Subject/Reference Librarian
Office: Brown Hall 301A
Phone: (314) 935-4064

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Special Projects, Research, NIH
Compliance, Collection Development

Susan Fowler
Library Director
Office: Brown Hall 301C
Phone: (314) 935-8644

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COVID-19 Brown School Library Operations

COVID-19 Brown School Library Operations

Plan Ahead: Brown School Library wants to do everything we can to support our students, faculty, and staff while also protecting their health. Due to the need to coordinate appointments for access to library resources and services, it is more important than ever to plan ahead. For the most recent information and changes regarding Brown School Library resources and services, please refer back to this page. 

Digital Materials

Articles     Books     Databases     Videos

Reference Support – WUSTL faculty, staff, and students may use our reference support services by appointment. The staff member with whom you schedule an appointment will work with you on how to have the appointment – by phone, email, or Zoom.

Study Space: Our Reading Room and Book Stacks Are Closed.

Walk-ins: Pending further notice Olin Library, distributed libraries (law, business, art, etc.), and Brown School Library buildings are closed to walk-in visitors including WUSTL faculty, staff, and students.

Borrowing Physical Materials: Curbside Pickup 
Physical library materials can be requested through the online library catalog and picked up through Curbside Pickup. Curbside Pickup instructions available here

  • If you need assistance using the library catalog, you may make an appointment. Via Zoom, we will show you how to search the catalog, log into your account, and how to request materials. 
  • Returning Materials
    • Book drops in Brown School buildings remain closed
    • Olin Library book drops are open. Olin Library recommends using the drive-up return bins at these locations:
      - Throop Drive
      - South 40 on Shepley Drive
      - West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd. 
    • Fines: Fines have been suspended/waived and loan times have been extended through September 1. 
    • Returning books by mail: If you will not be returning to campus and would like to ship books and materials back to the Libraries, please send to:
      Washington University in St. Louis
      One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1061
      Attn: Olin Library Circulation
      St. Louis, MO 63130
      ph: 314-935-5420

Librarian Curated COVID 19 Information Resources  

Brown School COVID-19 Information

Print Materials

The Brown School Library is located in Brown Hall in Rooms 300 - 304.  The elevator is midway down the hallway. 
Reserves and Holds: Circulation Desk
     Located at the northeast end of the third floor of Brown Hall
     Check out / Return items
     Course reserve / Permanent reserve items 
     Pick up your requested items / holds
Lost and Found: Circulation Desk
Study: Reading Room
     Tables, study carrels, sofas, and soft seating for quiet study
     Dissertations, Faculty Collection, New Books collections (northwest wall)
     Journals (2005-present) are shelved alphabetically by title
     Reference collection (northeast wall)    
Books: General Stacks
     West Stacks – Main Level (books, 2000-present)
          Call numbers A-K 
     East Stacks – Main Level (books, 2000-present)
          Call numbers L-Z 
     Upper Level - use the stairs in the West Stacks  
          Books published before 2000 
          Journals published before 2005
          Oversized books published before 2000

Portraits in the Brown School Library

Portraits in the Brown School Library

The Brown School Library has three portraits in the Reading Room.

Frank J. Bruno (east wall)
Head of the social work program 1925-1945.  He founded the social work program and shaped it into a broad, comprehensive program.  He also established the two-year Masters program.  Through his leadership, the social work program developed a firm foundation and a national reputation.

Benjamin E. Youngdahl (west wall)
Dean of the social work program 1945-1962.  He expanded field education opportunities and managed the school's growth.  He developed the mental health specialization and started the Doctoral program. 

Shanti K. Khinduka (south wall)
Dean of the social work program 1974-2004.  He developed the competency-based curriculum which met the needs of core content, concentrations, and specialization.  He encouraged research and strengthened local and international ties.  He developed a strong scholarship program.

The above descriptions are based on O'Connor's book.  Additional information on the above individuals is available from the book: What we believe: A history of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909-2007 by Candace O'Connor.
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