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Brown School Library

Location: Brown Hall, 3rd Floor
Serving the research and teaching needs of the Brown School community in social work, public health, and social policy.

Brown School Library FAQs

Where are books located?

Where are the Bookdrops?

How do I access Course Reserves?

I want to go to the Ebsco databases - where are they?

How do I access the Library collections from my computer?

How do I access the newspaper called The New York Times online?

How do I request an item through Interlibrary Loan?

Where do I fax?

What is the Fines policy?

Where is the Lost & Found?

Can I renew a book that I've checked out?

Whose images are on the portraits in the Reading Room?

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

Book Locations

The Brown School Library is located in Brown Hall in Rooms 300 - 304.  Turn left as you exit the elevator.
Help Desk
     Check out / Return items
     Course reserves / Permanent reserves
     Lost & found

     Pick up your requested items / Hold shelf

Reading Room
     Tables, study carrels, sofas, and soft seating for quiet study
     Faculty Collection, New Books, Oversize collection, and Reference collection (north wall)    
     Book stacks for call numbers HF 5551 - HV 11.7

Book Stacks
     Call numbers A - HF 5550 are in the East Stacks
     Call numbers HF 5551 - HV 11.7 are in the Reading Room
     Call numbers HV 11.7 - RC 489 are in the West Stacks
     Call numbers RC489 - Z are in the Upper Level

Upper Level
     Call numbers RC489 - Z


Brown School Library bookdrops are on the first floor of Brown Hall (East entrance), the Forsyth entrance to Goldfarb Hall, and Brown Hall, room 300.  Material is picked up from the bookdrops and checked in within one hour of opening on days that the library is open.  Pictures of the bookdrops are below.
Olin Library has bookdrops: drive-up return bins at Throop Drive, the South 40 on Shepley Drive, or the West Campus Library at 7425 Forsyth Blvd. Download a map of these drive-up book drop locations at:
Becker Medical Library has information on its bookdrops at:

Brown School Library bookdrop at the East entrance to Brown Hall:

It's right on the right when you come in the door!

Brown School Library bookdrop at the South entrance to Goldfarb Hall (Forsyth street entrance):

Look right when you come in the door!

3 Steps to Ebsco

Need to get to the Ebsco databases? Here are 3 easy steps to follow:

1. Go to A-Z Database List 

2. Click on Academic Search Complete 

3. Click Choose Databases

Search away!

Fax Services

Fax Services that are currently available for faxing to long distance phone numbers from the Danforth Campus:

  • FedEx Kinko’s in Mallinckrodt inside the Campus Bookstore. Open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Offers a full selection of drop-off/pick-up printing services, including sending and receiving faxes (for a fee!). Call (314) 862-2173 for more information
  • WU Students: if what you need to fax is career-related, the Career Center in the DUC will fax it for you, for free

Please note that there is not a fax service available at Olin Library.

Digital Faxing

  • Faxcom is a digital faxing solution that allows Washington University users to send faxes through the internet. Click here to learn more and install Faxcom. Anyone with a WUSTL Key and password can use this service.

Fax Alternatives

  • Scanning and emailing a document. The print release station has a scanner that students can use (for free!), and there is a scanner in the Reading Room.
  • Mobile apps that allow you to scan a document with your phone or mobile device and then send the document
  • Students all have access to Box and can share a link to files with anyone even if that person is not affiliated with WUSTL

Home (also called Proxy) Access

Go to and enter your WUSTL Key ID and Password. 

If logging in doesn’t work, you may have forgotten your WUSTL Key password which you can reset here:

There are also links to this page at Remote Resources and the Off-Campus Access page. 

From the Off-Campus Access Page:

What is a proxy server? Why is it needed? How does it work?

Most of the databases and e-journals provided by Washington University Libraries are on the Web but are not free. The Libraries purchase access to them from companies. The agreements with these companies limit access to current WU students, faculty, and staff. If you are not on the WU campuses, you must logon with your WUSTL Key and have your affiliation with the University recognized. 

After you have logged in, you should not be challenged again for your ID and password - until you turn off your computer, or close your browser. Need help with your WUSTL Key or password? Click here for more info.

You'll know you are 'proxied' when you see '' in the first part of the URL in your browser's address bar.

If you type in a new URL in the browser’s address box you will leave the proxy service.


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: