Borrowing and Renewing

Borrowing Privileges

Although anyone may use the library’s print materials while in the library, check-out privileges are limited to:

  • Faculty, staff, or students of Washington University in St. Louis (School of Medicine and Danforth Campus)
  • Alumni of the Washington University School of Medicine and Dental School
  • Former Washington University Medical Center house staff
  • Faculty and staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (Kingshighway locations only)
  • Faculty, staff, or students of Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
  • Members of the St. Louis Medical Society
  • Members of the St. Louis Dental Society
  • Members of Washington University’s Century Club, Eliot Society and Dean’s Committee
  • Becker Library members – learn about library membership

A valid Washington University, Barnes-Jewish, Children’s, or College of Pharmacy identification card is required to register for borrowing privileges. Members of the St. Louis Medical Society must present a membership card prior to registering. Library members are automatically registered upon payment of annual membership fees.

Checking Out Materials

Borrower’s Registration

Washington University and Medical Center faculty, staff and students must present a valid ID card and complete the online borrower’s registration form at the Information Services Desk to gain check-out privileges.

Courtesy borrowing privileges are extended to staff and students of St. Louis College of Pharmacy upon presentation of a valid STLCOP ID badge and completion of the registration form.

St. Louis Medical Society members and Century Club donors must present proper identification prior to registering to borrow materials.

Members of the Library are automatically registered upon payment of annual membership fees.

Library Cards

Washington University and Barnes-Jewish ID cards are used as library cards after a registration form is completed.

Check-out privileges are not transferable. Persons checking materials out of the library must use their own ID even if the materials are for the use of another person. The person checking out the material will be fully responsible for its return. Exceptions to this policy may be made under specific circumstances. Please inquire at the Information Services Desk.

Loan Periods

Material Type Duration of Loan Number of Items
Books 2 week loan period
3 renewals – 2 weeks each
15 books per person at one time
Journals 1 day loan period
No renewals allowed
5 journals
Reserves 2 hour loan period
1 renewal
3 items
Audiovisuals 2 week loan period
2 renewals – 2 weeks each
5 items per person at one time

Hold List

If a book, audiovisual item, or journal is checked-out to another borrower you may request to be placed on the hold list to be contacted when it is returned. To place a hold you can:

Renewing Materials

Items may be renewed by:

Overdues

The Becker Medical Library has no overdue fines.

However, in order to make the collection equally available to all, the library enforces the following policies:

  • Books and audiovisuals may be renewed after they are overdue, as long as another borrower has not requested them.
  • Journals may not be renewed.
  • A block is placed on a borrower’s record when journals are one day overdue.
  • A block is placed on a borrower’s record when the third overdue notice for books and audiovisuals is sent.
  • Once a block is placed, no other materials may be checked out or renewed until the overdue items are returned.
  • Remote access privileges will be suspended when books are six weeks overdue.

Lost Materials

Borrowers are responsible for materials checked out to them.

When a borrower claims to have returned an item, Library staff will check the shelves and system records to make certain the material is not in the library.

Items not found will be billed to the borrower as follows:

Books Publisher’s price plus $20 processing fee, or $100
Bound Journals $150
Unbound Journals $75
AV Programs Cost of replacement plus $20 processing fee, or $250 (whichever is less)

If the item(s) have not been returned or the invoice paid after one year, borrowing privileges are permanently suspended.