Library Databases for W&L Alumni

The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to provide our alumni, including the Class of 2020, with access to several important commercially-published article databases, similar to those available to current W&L students, faculty, and staff.

Use of these resources is made possible by the generous financial support of the W&L Friends of the Library.



The databases available to our alumni include:

  • Project Muse
  • EbscoHost Databases — Academic Search and Business Sources



Access to these products is controlled through W&L’s  Office of Alumni Engagement as one their Colonnade Connections online options.  There are two basic steps to using these databases:

  1. First, set up your own Colonnade Connections login (ID and password) via this link:
  2. Once you are officially registered, use this link and your personal ID and password to gain access to the databases listed above:

W&L alumni who have questions about using these databases can contact the University Library via this general-purpose online form or one of the direct links to our staff.  If you have questions about the Colonnade Connections program, please contact Molly Myers, Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Alumni Engagement.


Thanks to Our Student Workers!


Pandemic or no pandemic, this is the time of year when we start to miss our graduating seniors.

But we in the Washington and Lee University Library feel especially appreciative of one particular group of soon-to-graduate seniors — the students who have worked as members of the library staff in Leyburn Library and/or Telford Library.  These students have contributed significantly to the library’s service to the W&L community by working regular weekly hours, while, of course, continuing to juggle all the other aspects of a demanding campus life.  So many of the services our faculty and students enjoy are dependent upon the contributions of our student workers.

To honor their work, each year we invite our graduating student workers to identify a book which is especially meaningful to them, whether because of an emotional attachment, the subject matter, or other reasons.  We commemorate each student’s selection by acquiring a printed copy of the book, placing a dedicatory book plate inside the front cover, and then displaying all the selections as a group on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.   We are indebted to our Access Services Supervisor, Laura Hewett, for overseeing all the work involved in this process.

This Class of 2020 celebration has not been stopped by the physical closing of the W&L campus, but it has prevented most people from actually seeing the books on display.  For the moment, the photograph below will have to suffice.  However, the physical display itself will remain in place at least through the summer, so we have hope that (physical) library visitors soon may be able to share in our recognition of our students.

Below is a list of our graduating student workers (arranged by library department) and the books purchased in their honor.  You can see more information about the chosen books by browsing this collection in the library’s Primo database.

Thank you to all these hard-working students.  We hope you are healthy and safe and that we can see you again sometime soon!


Access Services

Ryann Carpenter, A Lucky Child

Angela Delos Reyes, Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs, Volume 1

Elyse Ferris, Murder on the Orient Express

Cassandra Grebas, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance

Connor Higgins, Catch 22

Jenna Kim, Being Mortal

Jiwon Kim, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Robert Layton, In the Gardens of the Moon

Chase Major, The Outsider

Laurel Myers, Yes, Please

Prakriti Panthi, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Emily Roche, Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Disseminations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Aimee Rodriguez, The Way of the Househusband, Volume 1

Anna Soroka, Love Earth Now

Collection Services

Kenneth Hartzfeld, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

Research Help

Emma Rabuse, Declaration des Droits de la Femme et de la Citoyenne

Digital Humanities

Win Gustin, The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy

Alice Chambers, The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers

Makayla Lorick, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth


Due Dates & Returning Books

oversized art books on library shelvesThe University Library is committed to the safety of all our patrons. If you have any questions about returning checked out materials, please contact Elizabeth Teaff at

Below is due date information by patron category:

*All fines will be waived during this crisis.*

W&L Undergraduate Students

Current first-years, sophomores, & juniors:

Your checked out material is not due until mid-September. This includes material received via Interlibrary Loan. Please keep your materials until you return to campus.


Your checked out material is not due until mid-September. This includes material received via Interlibrary Loan.

If you feel comfortable, and are still in the Rockbridge County area, you may return books to Leyburn Library’s exterior book drop, near Leyburn’s colonnade-facing entrance. If you are not in the Rockbridge County area, or prefer not to visit campus, you may request to receive a printable pre-paid return UPS label via email. Please drop the packaged material off at your local UPS store when you feel it is safe to do so. To request a pre-paid label, contact Elizabeth Teaff at

W&L Undergraduate Faculty/Staff

Undergraduate faculty/staff library materials are due on June 15th or later, depending on the date of check-out.

If you feel comfortable returning material, Leyburn Library’s exterior book drop is open. It is near Leyburn’s colonnade-facing entrance.

We are happy to grant renewals, when requested. Please email Elizabeth Teaff at to do so.

Lexington/Rockbridge Residents & VMI/SVU Students/Faculty

If you feel comfortable returning material, Leyburn Library’s exterior book drop is open. It is near Leyburn’s colonnade-facing entrance.

We are happy to grant renewals when requested. Please email Elizabeth Teaff at to do so.

To review your W&L checked out materials, go to My Library Account.
W&L users: To review your Interlibrary Loan materials, login to our Interlibrary Loan Portal.

Problems accessing online material off-campus?

A number of W&L users recently reported problems accessing online material off-campus.
This problem stems from web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc) remembering old login information.

To remedy this issue and get to the content you want, you have two choices:

  1. Use a different web browser than you use normally. Example: If you usually use Chrome, try Firefox!
  2. Clear your entire history, cache, and cookies for all time in your regular web browser.
    For detailed instructions about your specific browser, visit Clear your cache, cookies, and history

    • As you are clearing your browser data, make sure to choose “All Time,” “Everything,” “All History” or an equivalent.
    • Then, close and reopen your web browser.

Not sure if this error applies to your problem?

Are you seeing an error similar to the below message? If yes, you are likely experiencing the above browser issue.

Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more

Still experiencing issues?

Email and a library staff member will be happy to help.

To expedite your request, please include the following information in the email:

  • Your Name
  • Identify whether you are faculty/student/staff
  • Identify whether you are on/off-campus
  • Identify your operating system/browser
  • Describe your access issue (include screenshots if possible)

Physical space closures & continued virtual support

Leyburn Library overlaid with technology

In an effort to further limit personal interaction for the health and safety of our community, Leyburn and Telford Libraries’ physical spaces will be closed to all students effective Monday, March 23, and will close to all after March 27. Library staff will continue to support students, faculty and staff remotely. 

The library staff are eager to offer support. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned librarian or email to inquire how the library can meet your needs.

Library services for all of the W&L community
(faculty, staff & students)

  • Library online resources – The library’s online resources aren’t bound by walls. Off-campus users have access to the library’s robust selection of databases, journals, ebooks, and streaming content. Just start at to ensure direct access without paywalls.
  • eBooks – The library can determine if editions are available for books that you need.
  • Interlibrary Loan – Articles and book chapters are still available for digital delivery, but shipping of physical items has been suspended.
  • Chat Reference – A Chat Reference service will be available when classes resume March 30 for on-demand, online research support, but don’t hesitate to reach out to your favorite librarian.

In short, contact the library about what you need, and library staff will do their best to accommodate.
Explore additional services specific to faculty and specific to students below.

Additional Services for Faculty

  • Videos – The library can determine if streaming rights are available on videos you would like to use in class.
  • Scans – If ebooks are not available, the library can scan chapters of books in the collection to post on Canvas.
  • Carry-out services – If you need items from our collection, send citations and call numbers to
    In 24-48 hours (weekdays), we will contact you about picking the items up.
  • Special Collections – Special Collections remains available to faculty and staff by appointment; contact Tom Camden ( to schedule one. Scans are an option if you wish to use Special Collections materials in your classes.
  • LibGuides – On request, librarians can embed the specialized subject guides they produce in your Canvas courses. Contact your assigned librarian or email to have a specialized LibGuides subject guide created for your class and embedded in your Canvas course.
  • Free publisher and database resources – Librarian Kaci Resau has curated a list of academic resources temporarily offered free of charge to assist in the transition to online learning. W&L faculty may access these ebook, etextbook, journal, and streaming media resources at
  • Streaming Services – The library subscribes to a variety of streaming services faculty can use in their media-rich classes.  If you wish to stream content from a vendor not listed below, contact your assigned librarian or email to initiate an investigation of availability.

Additional services for Students

  • Items in the collections – use the Interlibrary Loan form to submit requests
    • Scans – If ebooks are not available, the library can scan chapters of books in the collection for you.
    • Books – we can ship a limited number of books to you. We will provide prepaid return UPS labels for seniors. Returning students can return books in the fall.
  • Items in your carrel – if you left items in your carrel that you need, let us know at, and we will ship these items back to you.



New University Librarian

The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to announce that we will have a new University Librarian in the next academic year.  K.T. Vaughan will be joining us from James Madison University, where she is Associate Dean for Libraries.

For much more information, see this article from the W&L News Office.

Recent Books on George Washington


The confluence of George Washington’s birthday and this recent article in the New York Times have prompted an updated review of recent books about the father of our country.

To generate a list of books in W&L libraries on Washington bearing a publication date of 2019 or 2020, simply clink on this link.


Mock Convention Books and More


Washington and Lee University’s renowned Mock Convention officially begins in only a matter of hours and continues through Sunday.  (For more information, see the official website.)

A number of our guest speakers are the authors of published books and many of those volumes are available in W&L’s Leyburn Library.  To see what we have, check out this (partial) list of speakers:

The University Library also holds a treasure-trove of Mock Con historical materials — both print and multi-media — in its Special Collections holdings.  A significant number of items are accessible online in our Digital Archive, while much more is physically available in its original form within Leyburn’s Special Collections area.



New Words for Dictionary Day


October 16 is Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great lexicographer Noah Webster in 1758.

How to celebrate?

Perhaps one could peruse the more-or-less direct descendants of Mr. Webster’s work in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged database, to which the Washington and Lee University subscribes.  Last month the editors released a list of over 530 new words and new meanings, not counting over 4,000 other revisions.  Just to give students of the English language something (else) to argue about, this most recent update provides further support for the use of the “singular they” — even the once-unthinkable themself.   Can Western civilization survive?

The New York Review of Books recently published a fascinating article on the early development of American dictionaries, including Webster’s work.

Another way to celebrate might be to take note of the Oxford English Dictionary‘s recent announcement of 650+ additions to its etymological database, with newly-researched and -consecrated words and new meanings for existing words.  For example, there  are now three — count ’em, three — meanings for the term slam dunk.  And we now have established that the contemporary meanings of fake news have predecessors extending back at least as far as 1890.   The editors of the OED offer an entertaining essay on these new updates, including the linguistic contributions of George Lucas and Theresa May, as well as an explanation of the development of the term anchor baby.   The W&L University Library provides a subscription to the OED for current students, faculty, and staff.

Happy Birthday, Noah!


Noah Webster by James Herring, from the National Portrait Gallery.

16 Things Every First Year Should Know About The Library


Boiling it down to the essentials, the University Library offers 16 Things Every First Year Should Know About the Library .   Other students, too, of course.

Obviously, this brief list does not cover everything a W&L first-year student might need to know about our libraries and about doing research at W&L.   Our librarians will be involved in quite a few classes in the academic year, including teaching several DCI courses, so that is a great way to share information about libraries and student research at W&L.   But if you have questions right now, feel free to ask at the Information Desk on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor or contact us via e-mail.

Welcome (back) to W&L!