Services and Policies for Guests

Webster University is committed to supporting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In order to facilitate this, it is necessary to use a swipe card to enter the library. Guests who wish to do research in the library may request access by emailing If access is granted, the visitor will go to the Public Safety office at 572 Garden Avenue to pick up an ID card to be used for swipe card access. (You will be notified via email when your request has been approved; please allow at least two business days for this.) The ID card will expire in one year and may be renewed if the visitor is in good standing. Guests 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

Guests are eligible to use one of two designated computers located across from the 2nd floor research desk during research desk open hours. We will try to answer questions and assist guests as time permits. In-depth research assistance and instruction is not available.


For more information, contact:

  • 2nd floor Research Desk at 314-968-6950 or 1-800-985-4279

Webster University Archives

Contact the University Archivist if you have questions about the Webster University Archives. In-person visits by non-university individuals are suspended at this time, but we will assist you as best we can by phone or email.

Wi-Fi Access

Guests may self-register for 24 hours of wi-fi access on the WU_Guest wireless network. Find out more.


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. 


The Library also makes borrowing cards available to certain guests and alumni of Webster and Eden. There may be an annual or semi-annual fee involved, and certain limitations do apply.


Contact the 1st Floor Service Desk at 314-968-6952 for more information.


Use of the audio-visual collection

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