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 through April 30, 2020. We will continue to update these details as necessary.

Last updated March 19, 2020, at 1:05 p.m.

Operations Changes

As of 6 p.m on March 17, 2020, the library building is accessible to School fo Medicine faculty, students, residents, postdocs and fellows via badge swipe only. Notice of the university’s current visitor policy is posted at the entrance.

The information services desk will not be physically staffed. Until the university returns to normal operations, we will operate a virtual information services desk via and 314-362-7080 (voicemail only, so email will get a faster response).

Virtual 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 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

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. Becker Library is extending temporary proxy server access to faculty and staff at no charge through June 30 so that people working from home will have full access to our resources. Students already receive proxy access automatically. All School of Medicine faculty, staff and students can simply enter their WUSTL Key on the proxy login screen, no new set-up required.

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.

Materials Overdue

Penalties for overdue materials will not be enforced through April 30.

Events Canceled

All Becker Library events, classes, seminars, and workshops scheduled through April 30 will be available only as virtual sessions when practical or canceled.

Additional Updates and Resources from Washington University

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