Friends of the Library

About the Friends of the Library


The Friends of the Library supports the academic mission of Washington and Lee University through activities which strengthen the University Library’s collections and services. It encourages consideration of monetary and in-kind contributions, aims to foster closer relations between the library and the community and stimulate the intellectual life of the library users.

Benefits for Friends Members

  • Invitations to all Friends of the Library events via email
  • You will receive FOLIOS, the library’s magazine, twice a year
  • Extended check-out privileges (contact Elizabeth Teaff, Head of Access Services)
  • Limited interlibrary loan privileges (contact Elizabeth Teaff)
  • One individualized bookplate dedicated to a person or pet of your choice (with minimum gift of $100)
  • For W&L alumni: free access to four Research Databases
  • Note: All gifts to the Friends are tax-deductable.

Membership Dues

Membership TypeDonation
Individual membership$50
Family membership$75

All donations are tax-deductable.

Projects funded by the Friends of the Library

Light it Up! coming soon…..

In January 2017, we are starting a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the lobby area outside of Special Collections. The campaign is called Light it Up!

You will receive a mailing about this project, for which alumnus Frank Barron ’52 provided the library with a $50,000 challenge gift. We hope that you will support us in creating a beautiful lobby for exhibits, studying, and receptions.


Patio furniture

  • Subscriptions to online reference works, such as the Times Digital Archive, the Sunday Times Digital Archive, Morningstar Investment Research Center, and the McNaughton popular books lease plan.
  • Perpetual access to the BBC Shakespeare Plays streaming video series
  • Annual subscriptions to Research Databases. The following databases are available to alumni: Academic Search Complete Alumni Edition; Business Source Complete Alumni Edition; JSTOR Alumni database; and Project Muse. NOTE: Alumni need to have a Colonnade Connections login and password set up.
  • Library patio furniture (tables, chairs and umbrellas)

Friends of the Library News & Events

Friends of the Library Board Members

*last updated: September 2016

Board Members

John Dinkel ’61, Chair
Buddy Atkins ’64
David Bello
Dennis Cross
David Cross
David Goodrich
Maury Hanson
Roger Jeans
Hardin Marian ’55, ’58L, Emeritus
Yolanda Merrill
David Peterson
George Ray
Jim Slack
Merrily Taylor
Richard Teaff
Mame Warren

Ex Officio
John Tombarge, University Librarian
Montrose Grandberry, Friends Coordinator
Invited Guests
Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections & Archives
Caroline Osborne, Law Librarian

FOLIOS: The Magazine of the University Library

FOLIOS front cover Spring 2015The University Library publishes its magazine FOLIOS twice a year. It is full of stories about the library and its collections. Members of the Friends of the Library will receive a hard copy of the magazine through the mail.

We archive the magazines in our Digital Archive. Browse all FOLIOS.

More Ways to Support the Library


Checks and donation forms may be sent to:

Friends of the Library
James G. Leyburn Library
Washington and Lee University
204 W. Washington Street
Lexington, Va. 24450

For more information, contact Montrose Grandberry, Friends of the Library Coordinator (540-458-8642)