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Brown School Library

About Us.

Course Reserves, Catalog & Circulation
Assistance, Student Employees

Jonesey Johnson
Library Associate
Office: Brown Hall 301B

Literature Searches, Instruction
and Research

Lori Siegel
Subject/Reference Librarian
Office: Brown Hall 301A


Special Projects, Research, NIH
Compliance, Collection Development

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

COVID-19 Brown School Library Operations

COVID-19 Brown School Library Operations

Services Available by Appointment to WUSTL Faculty, Staff, and Students Only - We are not available to check out print materials

  • Returning Materials
    • Book drops on the Danforth campus remain closed, but drive-up return bins are now open at these locations:
      - Throop Drive
      - South 40 on Shepley Drive
      - West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd. 
    • Fines: Fines have been suspended and loan times have been extended through June 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
  • MOBIUS is currently unavailable. Loan times have been extended. If you need assistance contact
  • Interlibrary Loan is limited to electronic resources.
  • 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.
  • Digital Materials: Contact us to order digital materials, including books, streaming videos, and articles, for your courses and for assistance locating digital content for use in your courses. 
  • eBooks for Courses: Let us know if you are requiring an eBook for your class that we already have. We can change the status to give everyone access as opposed to one person at a time. 
  • Borrowing Materials - Brown School Library is closed. We are not available to check out materials
  • Our Services Desk Is Closed.
  • Our Reading Room and Book Stacks Are Closed.
  • Brown School Library services and resources are not available to non-WUSTL faculty, staff, and students at this time until further notice.
  • Librarian Curated COVID 19 Information Resources  
  • Brown School COVID-19 Information
  • Pending further notice Olin Library, distributed libraries (law, business, art, etc.), Becker Medical Library, and Brown School Library are closed to all visitors including WUSTL faculty, staff, and students.

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.
Download the history book: