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)
  • Note: All gifts to the Friends are tax-deductible.

Membership Dues

Membership TypeDonation
Individual membership$50
Family membership$75

All donations are tax-deductible.

Projects funded by the Friends of the Library

Patio furniture

  • Renovation of the Northen Lobby on level 1 of Leyburn Library: “Light It Up!” campaign, 2017-18. Partially funded by the Friends. Learn more about “Light It Up.”
  • 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

Board Members for the 2018-21 Class

  • Buddy Atkins ’68
  • David Cox
  • Preston Manning
  • Lisa Moore
  • Mame Warren

Board Members for the 2019-22 Class

  • Barbra Buckner Higginbotham
  • Janet Ikeda
  • Roger Jeans
  • Nancy McIntyre
  • Yolanda Merrill
  • Sam Wilmoth ’09

Board Members for the 2020-23 Class

  • Nicole Allaband ’10
  • Robert Gill ’71
  • Suzanne Keen
  • H. Gilbert Smith ’68
  • Michelle Treger
  • George Ray, Chair

Ex Officio

  • KT Vaughan, Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham University Librarian
  • Jacci Dare, FOL Coordinator and University Library Office Manager

last updated: November 2020

FOLIOS: The Magazine of the University Library

FOLIOS front cover Spring 2015

The 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 link to the digital magazine via email or a postcard.

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

More Ways to Support the Library

The Friends of the Library help support many programs through membership and special donations.

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


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