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Brown School Library FAQs

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?

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!


Material is picked up from the bookdrops and checked in within one hour of opening on days that the library is open.

One bookdrop is at the East entrance to Brown Hall:

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

One is at the South entrance to Goldfarb Hall:

Look right when you come in the door!

And the 3rd is in the door towards the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Brown Hall, right across from the Circulation Desk:

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.

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 (or 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, the Articles & Databases page, and the eJournals and eBooks 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.