COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources

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This page contains all relevant information related to Bernard Becker Medical Library’s current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

The changes noted below are in effect from March 13, 2020, until further notice. We will continue to update these details as necessary.

Last updated January 7, 2021, to reflect updated Information Services Desk staffing.

Operations Changes

As of 6 p.m on March 17, 2020, the library building is accessible to School of Medicine faculty, students, residents, postdocs and fellows via badge swipe only. Building access is restricted to only those with School of Medicine ID badges.

The Information Services Desk has staff on site to assist patrons during the hours noted below. Most other library staff continue to work from home providing nearly all of the same services as before the pandemic. A virtual Information Services Desk is available at and 314-362-7080.

Information Services Desk Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Checking Out Materials

Library materials remain available for checkout. Learn about touchless checkout and preorder pickup options available to minimize contact.

Remote Access to Resources

Most of Becker Library’s resources are available online. This includes databases, journals and e-books. Full text is available off campus with a VPN connection or a Becker proxy server account. Given our newly remote environment, Becker Library is now extending permanent proxy server access to faculty and staff at no charge  (students already received free access automatically). All School of Medicine faculty, staff and students can simply enter their WUSTL Key on the proxy login screen. Accounts are no longer required.

Guide to COVID-19 Resources

We’ve created a COVID-19 Resources Guide as a hub for COVID-related resources for clinicians, investigators and consumers. The guide contains links to collections of COVID-related preprints, literature, clinical trials, clinical guidelines, data and tracking resources, molecular and genetic data, as well as recommended COVID search strategies for databases like PubMed, Embase, and Google Scholar. It also contains links to consumer health information like resources to help parents cope with stress and find ways to discuss COVID-19 with children.

Resources for Online Teaching and Learning

Visit our Resources for Online Teaching and Learning page for helpful information as you pivot to an online environment, including guidance on copyright and fair use in online instruction.

Virtual Events Only

Becker Library will hold all events, classes, seminars, and workshops in a virtual format until further notice. Look for scheduled sessions on the events calendar.

Archives and Rare Books

The Archives and Rare Books division is open to School of Medicine-affiliated researchers by appointment only. On-site research appointments may require at least 24 hours’ advance notice. To schedule and confirm an onsite appointment, or to request assistance virtually, please contact

Additional Updates and Resources from Washington University

For the latest policies and details from Washington University, visit Washington University’s COVID-19 information page.