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Library Services

Services for alumni and retirees

Alumni of Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary are eligible for alumni library services. All retirees may visit the Library and borrow books on-site with proper University identification. Retirees with the Emeritus or Staff Associate designation receive full privileges.

Using the libraries' facilities

Alumni are welcome to visit either library and are eligible to check out books from the Webster-Eden Library collections.

Current Webster and Eden students, faculty, and staff have priority in the use of all Library facilities and collections.

Alumni will need a Webster University issued alumni photo ID card in order to enter Webster University Library. The Webster University Public Safety Office at 572 Garden Avenue issues these ID cards. They can be reached at 314-246-7430 for more information.  

Borrowing from the libraries

You will use your Webster University issued alumni photo ID card as your alumni library card. You may check out circulating books and scores from the Webster University Library or the Eden Theological Seminary Library. All other materials may be used in the libraries only.

To apply for a card:

Please visit the Webster University Public Safety Office and ask for your Webster University or Eden Theological Seminary alumni ID card.
Bring your new alumni ID card to the Level 1 Circulation Desk at the Webster University Library and we will activate it for library borrowing. 

Access to electronic resources

Library staff may log alumni into online databases. Due to contractual agreements, off-campus access to online databases is not available unless you are a member of the Research Fellows Program.

Getting research assistance

Librarians are available to offer assistance in answering reference questions and showing alumni how to access our electronic resources. For more information, contact:

  • Research Desk at 314-968-6950 or 1-800-985-4279

Reviewed 2/7/24

Services for visitors

Access to the Emerson Library building

For a day pass, stop by Public Safety at 572 Garden Avenue to pick up a visitor card for swipe access to the building. To request an annual pass, email circ@webster.edu. You will receive a response within two business days. The ID card will expire in one year and may be renewed if the visitor is in good standing. Visitors will be required to comply with all Library and University policies. The Library reserves the right to revoke access at any time.

Minor children of students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit the Library. They will not need to secure advance permission or obtain an ID card. They must enter the Library with and be supervised by a parent or adult caregiver at all times.

Visiting scholars under the age of 18 may visit the Library. All minors under the age of 18 who are not enrolled in the University, including those who have been issued an InfoPass by their home library, must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver at all times. Access should be requested by the parent or adult caregiver according to the above procedures.

Research assistance

We will try to answer questions and assist visitors as time permits. In-depth research assistance and instruction is not available.

For more information, contact:

  • Research Desk at 314-968-6950 or 1-800-985-4279

Webster University Archives

Please contact the University Archivist if you have questions about the Webster University Archives. For contact information and details about using the Archives, please visit the Archives and Special Collections website listed below:

Wi-Fi Access

Visitors may self-register for 24 hours of wi-fi access on the WU_Guest wireless network. For more information, view the FAQ.

Borrowing materials from the libraries

Most of the Library's resources are available for use on the premises except in cases where priority must be given to Webster or Eden classes or where contractual agreements bar us from allowing use by outside users. Webster University Library participates in the MOBIUS Consortium and the InfoPass cooperative borrowing system along with many school, public, and academic libraries in the area. Check with your local library first to determine how to request materials from us. InfoPass guests may check out up to four books from the circulating collection at Webster University Library. Renewals are not permitted. 

Guests of the library may purchase borrowing privileges for 6 months for $25 or 1 year for $50 in order to check out books and scores. These privileges do not extend to AV, ILL, or MOBIUS borrowing.  

Contact the Circulation Desk at 314-968-6952 for more information.

Use of the audio-visual collection

A visitor may use the audio-visual collection in the library only. You will be required to leave your photo I.D. card at the Level 1 Circulation Desk. Check-out is not available.

Visitor access to Office 365

See this FAQ.