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.

The University Library defines an exhibit as a selection of items (either physical or virtual) paired with accompanying textual, visual, or auditory content which serves as a form of communication between the library (or its guest curators) and its visitors. A library display is a selection of items (either physical or virtual) with little provided interpretation.

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 navitage 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.

“Ginsberg and Beat Fellows: Photographs 1969-1997” Exhibit @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
May 4 – Jul 13 all-day

Exhibited photographs were taken by Gordon Ball (Visiting Associate Professor of English) and document his time spent with several influential members of the Beat Generation–including Allen Ginsberg.
Gordon Ball Exhibit

Exhibit: “Becoming a Physician: A look at 19th century Washington College alumni” @ Special Collections' Entrance / Leyburn Library / Washington and Lee University
May 20 – Jul 13 all-day

“Becoming a Physician:  A look at 19th century Washington College alumni” is an exhibit curated by students from Biology 196:  Learning about the body: A history of anatomy and medical education.  Prof. Judy Gibber led this Spring Term course in 2016.Becoming a Physician Photo

Design/Build/Fly Exhibit @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Aug 22 – Sep 30 all-day

This exhibit showcases W&L students’ submission for the Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design/Build/Fly Competition.  Learn more about this competition at

Students do not need to be majoring or even interested in engineering to participate in this project!  There are many aspects to the project, from design and construction, to programming the controllers, to writing and presenting reports, and all of this is at an entry level of science knowledge.

Interested in participating?  Contact Joel Kuehner @!

Teaching with University Collections @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Nov 1 – Dec 2 all-day
Winter Celebrations Display @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
Dec 5 2016 – Jan 13 2017 all-day

Featuring…a book tree!!!

Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition @ Exhibit Space / Main Floor / Leyburn Library
May 18 – May 31 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