Book Sale Coming Up!

Students, parents, and other members of the University community are invited to expand personal libraries at the annual Washington and Lee University Library book sale during Parents’ and Family Weekend.

This year’s sale will begin officially on Thursday 3 October at 7:00 PM and will be preceded by an exclusive preview for members of the Friends of the Library, beginning at 4:00 PM.   The sale location is the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.

Hardbacks are $5 each, with paperbacks and DVD’s , VHS tapes, etc. priced at $1 each.
The book sale will run through Tuesday 8 November, or until all the books are gone.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Teaff.


Book Sale Policies
We will accept cash, check, W&L General debit or charge. Sorry we cannot accept credit/debit cards.   (An ATM is available in the Elrod Commons.)

We cannot hold unpaid materials for you. Items must be purchased or returned to the sale.

You are responsible for totaling the amount of your purchases. Come to the Information Desk to make your purchase.

Where does the University Library come up with books for the book sale?
The library receives many wonderful donations from members of the university community, as well as from alums and others. Donations are given to us with the understanding that the librarians and faculty will decide the best use of the donation. Based on our curricular and research needs, the donations often allow us to expand our library collection with titles included in the donation. In addition, if we already own a title and our library copy looks heavily used, we can replace it with the gift copy. Sometimes the subject material, condition of the book, or date of publication (ex. dated Science titles) will prevent us from adding a gift book to the collection. These titles can still see second life in the book sale. We periodically weed dated titles that we own from our collection and add them to the book sale. This year, we also have lots of titles that were weeded because we had duplicate copies of the titles in the collection. By leaving one copy in the collection and removing the other copy to add to the book sale, we can free up shelf space and generate income for new library materials.

What does the library do with income from the book sale?

Any income generated by the book sale goes towards the purchase of new library materials for the University community.

Constitution Day

Tuesday 17 September marked the national celebration of Constitution Day, intended to “commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

Elements of Washington and Lee University’s calendar of events are taking place within Leyburn Library.

At 4:00 PM Professor Holt Merchant will deliver a talk in Northen Auditorium on “George Washington and the Constitution.”

We also are hosting a Main Floor display labeled “Are These the Best Books on the Constitution?,” along with a companion Web site, U.S. Constitution — A Student Guide.

A complete schedule of events is posted here.

Internships Database

The Washington and Lee University Library subscribes to a commercial database called CEI-Internships, which provides listings of over 2,800 organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students. This database is password-protected, so W&L users need to navigate through a series of screens to get into the database.

These listings are organized into about 15 subject-oriented collections, which also are published as books. The new Fall 2013 updates to these collections include the following:

  • Congressional Internship Book
  • Internships in International Affairs
  • Women’s Rights Internships
  • Sports Internship Book
  • Museum Internship Book
  • Resort Internship and Seasonal Employment Guide
  • Human Rights Internship Book
  • History Internship Book

Other collections, such as Internships with America’s Top Companies and Washington Internships In Law and Policy, are several months older, but still highly up-to-date.

Internships-USA is also part of a larger library guide, Internship Opportunities for W&L Students. Please note that this guide consists of 3 parts, including “Focus on Government and Politics” and “Focus on Journalism and Mass Media,” accessible from the tabs near the top of the page.