Welcome to Johnson Scholar Candidates

The University Library joins the rest of the Washington and Lee community in welcoming to campus about 170 Johnson Scholarship candidates who will be here from Sunday to Tuesday (March 2 – 4).

We hope all the candidates will feel welcome in Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library while visiting W&L.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask any members of our staff.  (A current student ID is needed to enter our library buildings after 10:00 PM.)

The interactive campus map highlights Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library in the Science Addition.

*  There are several “guest” computers, allowing password-free access to the Internet, located in front of the Information Desk in Leyburn Library. Among other purposes, Johnson candidates can use one of these computers to print airline boarding passes, without any charge.

*  If you are interested in wireless access from your own machine, please follow these instructions from the W&L ITS: “Find the wireless network named wlu, connect, open a Web browser, and then enter your e-mail address.”

*  From Monday morning through the overnight hours (we are open 24 hours/day), Leyburn Library will offer free hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) to all of our visitors. The libations are available in the “Book Nook” area on our Main Floor.

Please let us know if you have questions. Have a great time and good luck!

W&L Databases from a Distance

As Washington and Lee undergraduate students flee for the Washington Break…

Please remember that W&L students, faculty, and staff have continuing access to our library subscription databases, such as JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, as well as other online sources in the our Web site, from off-campus locations.

So, if you are home over the break — or are trapped by snow somewhere! — but need to work on that research paper, you should be able to get to our research databases from just about any location.

Important: You must enter any such database by navigating through the library Web site: http://library.wlu.edu.

When you first attempt to get into a database through our Web site, you will be prompted to enter your network ID and password. Once you do that, the proxy server will recognize you as a member of the W&L community.

(You cannot take short-cuts directly to database sites, such as going straight to www.jstor.org.)

A more long-winded and multi-faceted explanation is available here.

Have a great break and be safe!

Civil War Memoir

The Washington and Lee University Library has digitized and made available online a transcription of a Civil War memoir by August Forsberg.

The memoir is available online in the library’s Digital Repository, which collects, preserves, and provides access to selected materials owned or created by W&L and members of its community.

Forsberg was a Swedish immigrant and engineer with the Confederate Army, and his memoir includes accounts of Confederate fortifications, marches, and battles, and his life in a Union prisoner of war camp in Fort Delaware.

The original memoir is housed in the University Library’s Special Collections.  You can find information about both the paper and online forms in the W&L library catalog, which also includes a link to the digitized document.