COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources

Find Washington University and Washington University School of Medicine updates at coronavirus.wustl.edu.

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 until further notice. We will continue to update these details as necessary.

Last updated May 27, 2020, at 4:57 p.m. to reflect free Proxy Server access being extended through August.

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. Notice of the university’s current visitor policy is posted at the entrance.

Until the university returns to normal operations, we will operate a virtual information services desk via askbecker@wustl.edu and 314-362-7080. The information services desk is not physically staffed.

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-Sunday: Closed

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 Aug. 31, 2020, 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 account set-up 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.

Materials Overdue

Penalties for overdue materials will not be enforced through July 31.

Events Canceled

All in-person Becker Library events, classes, seminars, and workshops are canceled until further notice. Some are being offered as virtual sessions – look for scheduled sessions on the events calendar.

Additional Updates and Resources from Washington University

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