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

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Books | eBooks | DVDs - Using the Library Catalog

Print/eBook Course Reserves


  1. Visit Course Reserves to search for books and eBooks Library Catalog required for your courses. Note: Not all faculty place materials on reserve for their course(s).
  2. Search for the name of the course or the instructor's last name.
  3. If you're on campus, visit the Brown School Library to use the binder at the desk that lists course reserves, arranged alphabetically by the professor’s last name.
  4. Find your course and write down the call number for the book(s) you need on a piece of paper (provided)
  5. Hand the call number to a library staff member who will retrieve it from the shelf and check it out to you

Good things to know:

  • Check out is for 4 hours
  • Course reserve materials cannot be put on hold
  • Fines are charged on overdue items – Set a reminder on your phone a few minutes before the item is due!
  • If borrowed within 4 hours or less before closing time, borrowers may keep course reserve checkouts overnight. Materials must be returned within one hour of the library opening. If library is closed, return using Brown School Library book drops

PDFs | Articles | eBooks | Streaming Video - Using Ares

Electronic Course Reserves (Ares)


The Brown School Library has adopted a new system for managing library electronic course reserves called Ares. Students will now have one place to go to access article/book chapter PDFs, eBooks, and print book information for Brown School courses using library reserves.


To access required course readings using the new Ares system:

  1. Log in to Ares with your WUSTL Key.
  2. Courses you are enrolled in using Brown School Library course reserves are displayed on the main menu.
  3. Choose a course to see reserve items that your instructor has made available.
  4. Click Show Details to see information about print items on reserve at the Brown School Library (see image below).
  5. Click View Item to be taken to the full-text in a database or PDF (see image below).

Of note: Contact the Library ( if you were recently added to a course and you don't see it listed on your available courses. Library staff will happily grant you access, however, it could also be the case that the instructor is not using library course reserves.