Library Exhibits & Displays

Overview of Library Exhibits & Displays

The University Library (which includes James G. Leyburn Library & Telford Science Library) features many spaces that are perfect for housing exhibits and displays.

Guest Curate a Library Exhibit or Display

The University Library encourages W&L faculty/staff and students to submit exhibit ideas and act as guest curators of our exhibit and display spaces. Curating an exhibit in the University Library can serve as a scholarly exercise for courses or an exciting activity for campus organizations!

The library can help guest curators with the research, setup, and printing required for exhibits and displays. Additionally, the library maintains a thorough Exhibit/Display Manual to help guest curators navigate the exhibit/display creation process.

If you are interested in guest curating an exhibit or display, please contact Emily Cook, Instructional Design Specialist.

Digital Exhibits

As of the summer of 2015, all physical exhibits within the University Library will have an accompanying digital exhibit. Browse online exhibits via via Digital Exhibits at Washington and Lee University Library.

Digital exhibits do not need to be tied to a physical library exhibit. If you are interested in creating a digital exhibit for a scholarly or curricular reason, please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian, Alston Cobourn.

Exhibit & Display Calendar

Below is the calendar for current and upcoming exhibits and displays.

Exhibit on “The Roger H. Mudd Collection of Southern Fiction” @ Special Collections Lobby / Lower Level 1 / Leyburn Library
Sep 11 – Nov 1 all-day
Roger Mudd, an acclaimed television journalist, 1950 alumnus of Washington and Lee and avid book collector, donated his extensive collection of 20th-century Southern writers to the University Library. The collection, some 1,500 volumes in total, comprises of first issue or first editions of the complete works of almost 200 writers, including Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and Ellen Glasgow. 
Level One lobby, outside of Special Collections
On view through October
Changing University Landscape @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Oct 24 @ 6:25 pm – Dec 2 @ 7:25 pm
Winter Celebrations Display @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Dec 5 2016 – Jan 13 2017 all-day

Featuring…a book tree!!!

Teaching with University Collections @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Jan 16 – Feb 28 all-day
Photography Contest Exhibition @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Mar 1 @ 7:31 pm – Mar 31 @ 8:31 pm
An Exhibition Featuring the Ward Briggs Collection of James Dickey @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Apr 3 – May 14 all-day
Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
May 15 – Jun 30 all-day

*Exhibit dates are subject to change.*

Procedures & Policies

The University Library has developed procedures and best practices for curating/creating exhibits and displays, which are outlined in our Exhibit & Display Manual.

While also included in the Exhibit & Display Manual, policies governing the curation/creation of exhibits and displays are available for review on our policies webpage.

Need More Help?

Emily Cook