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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.  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
     Faculty Collection, New Books, Oversize collections (north wall)
     Reference collection (north wall)    
     Books call number HF 5551-HV 35

Books: General Stacks
     East Stacks – Main Level
          Call numbers A-HF 5550
     West Stacks – Main Level

          Call numbers HV 36-RC 582
     Upper Level - use the stairs in the West Stacks  
          Books call numbers RC 583-Z



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!

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: