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 Washington University School of Medicine.  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.


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.  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.

Book Returns 

Becker library books can be returned either inside or outside the building, during staffed or unstaffed hours, at the following locations:

  • The Information Services Desk inside the library
  • The wall book-chute at the 660 South Euclid building entrance
  • The free-standing book receptacles located:  

Outside 660 South Euclid Avenue
Outside 4565 McKinley Avenue
Inside the main floor of Clinical Sciences Research Building (CSRB link)


Various types of user accounts are available to suit the needs of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) community and beyond.

Borrower’s Account

Individuals with affiliations to WUSM 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