Borrowing From Washington University

Washington University's Olin Library supplies loans and photocopies of materials to libraries and other agencies. Libraries may submit requests via OCLC to our symbol WTU. Non-OCLC libraries can register with us and logon via ILLiad to submit a request.

Interlibrary loan is a library-to-library transaction. Individuals should contact the academic or corporate library with which they are affiliated or their nearest public library to inquire about borrowing items from our collection.

Washington University Law Library (OCLC symbol WUL) and the Washington University School of Medicine (OCLC symbol WUM) have separate interlibrary loan operations. Please contact them directly to borrow materials from their collections.

Important Copyright Information


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to deny a photocopy request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law.

Lending Policies

Before registering, you may wish to read our lending policies which detail our loan and renewal periods, lending fees, and possible restrictions on borrowing from our collection. Email or call 314-935-7193 with questions.