Announcements, Archives and Rare Books

Travel Scholarships Available for Archives and Rare Books Collections Use

Bernard Becker Medical Library is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage  [Read more]


E-book and journal subscription changes for 2019

As usual, January brings changes to Becker Library’s e-book and e-journal subscriptions. The New @ Becker Library guide is regularly updated to keep patrons aware of what content can currently be accessed through the library’s subscriptions. Please contact if you have any questions.


Update on Becker Library’s Bound-Journal Collection

In 2016, Becker Library’s bound-journal collection, comprising 112,012 volumes from 3,316 titles, some dating back to the 1800s, was moved to an off-site storage facility as part of a building renovation project. Since then we have been carefully evaluating the collection to determine which titles and volumes are the most important to permanently keep, while  [Read more]


Becker Library formalizes partnership with Institute for Informatics (I2)

Becker Medical Library has provided bioinformatics services to the Washington University School of Medicine and medical center community dating back to the 1990s. This history led to a natural partnership with the Institute for Informatics (I2) when the institute was established in 2016 – a partnership now formalized to provide faculty, staff and students with  [Read more]

Announcements, Scholarly Publishing

History of Central Institute for the Deaf Book Now Available in Digital Commons@Becker

Becker Library is proud to announce that we are hosting a digital copy of the book “The History of Central Institute for the Deaf” in our institutional repository for the School of Medicine, Digital Commons@Becker, where it can be freely accessed. The book contains a chronology of significant events related to Central Institute for the Deaf  [Read more]


Compete for prizes in Becker’s Instagram scavenger hunt!

We’re excited to announce we’ve recently launched a Becker Library Instagram account (follow on Instagram @BeckerLibrary) and will be holding an Instagram scavenger hunt from Oct. 15-31 as part of our Becker Library Reopening Celebration. See below for rules and instructions for participation. Happy hunting! Instructions and Rules for Participation The scavenger hunt will run from Oct.  [Read more]


Join us for a Library Reopening Celebration on Oct. 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to Becker Medical Library’s Re-Opening Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will mark the completion of the library’s first-floor renovation, which includes the installation of the Feuerstein Health and Wellness Information Center, a new campus resource that will offer a curated selection of  [Read more]


#SciComm Thursdays are back! See last season’s top 5 takeaways.

In 2017, Becker Library began a collaboration with the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences for a new monthly series, #SciComm Thursdays. Over the course of nine sessions, more than 18 faculty, staff, and journalists shared their best practices and pro-tips for communicating clearly about science. This fall, monthly #SciComm Thursdays are back, kicking off  [Read more]

Announcements, Archives and Rare Books

‘Making a Monster’ exhibit explores developments in science and anatomy that shaped ‘Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley’s seminal novel “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” was published 200 years ago in 1818. Since then it has never gone out of print, and it has been reinterpreted in film, theatre, and even ballet. Its enduring popularity can be attributed to the timelessness of its themes. “Frankenstein” is not just a simple story  [Read more]

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