Borrowing and Accounts

Borrowing and Renewing

Although anyone may use the library’s print materials while in the library, check-out privileges are limited to individuals with affiliations to the medical center. Review the sections below for details about the accounts available at Becker Library.

Pre-order for Pickup

Request items through the catalog by logging in with your WUSTL Key credentials. Library staff will email you when items are checked out and ready for pick up. Retrieve items at your convenience from a cart just inside the library entrance.

Curbside pickup can be arranged for borrowers who do not have building access.

Touchless Self-Checkout

Find your desired item in the stacks. Use your mobile device to take a picture of the barcode and call number label on the inside back cover of the book (A CD or DVD inside the back cover will have a separate barcode to provide). Email it to from your email. Library staff will confirm the checkout and due date by email.

Not carrying your phone? Write the call number and barcode information on a printed form available at the Information Services Desk. Library staff will confirm the checkout and due date by email.


Various types of user accounts are available to suit the needs of the medical center community and beyond.

Borrower’s Account

Individuals with affiliations to the medical center must complete a borrower’s registration to gain check-out privileges.

Visit Borrowing and Renewing for more details

Becker Library Membership

Membership is for those not affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine but who wish to have access to services such as interlibrary loan and extended reference.

View the Becker Library membership policies

ILLiad Account

Users wishing to use interlibrary loan or the document delivery service must register for a free ILLiad account.

Read about or register for ILLiad