Friends of the Library Events

Douglas Bradburn, the founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of Washington and Lee University’s Friends of the Library on Saturday 3 May.

His talk, “A Presidential Library Like No Other: George Washington’s National Library at Mount Vernon,” will begin at 1:30 PM in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.  It is free and open to the public.

Bradburn, who joined Mount Vernon last September, oversees efforts to safeguard original Washington books and manuscripts and to foster new scholarly research about George Washington and the founding era.  He also oversees the development of leadership training and educational outreach.

A well-known scholar of early American history, Bradburn is the author of two books and numerous articles and book chapters, specializing in the history of America’s founding era and the early history of the Chesapeake. Before coming to Mount Vernon, he served as a professor of history and director of graduate studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

A native of Virginia, Bradburn holds a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.

Immediately preceding Bradburn’s talk, at 1:00 PM, the Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting and award presentation. After his talk, Leyburn Library’s Special Collections will open its doors for a showcase of George Washington material.

[from W&L press release]

Preserving Your Archives

Washington and Lee University’s Special Collections and Archives will present the American Library Association webinar “Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives” at 2:00 PM on Tuesday 29 April in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.

Library staff will be available for individual consultation after the showing. This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Alston Cobourn at or 540-458-8657 with questions.

Writing Center in Spring Term

Professor Kary Smout posted this information in Campus Notices:

During Spring Term the Writing Center in Leyburn Library is not open regular hours.

However, many of our tutors are available for individual conferences. Their names are posted in the Center (Room M11) and on the Writing Center web site.

W&L students are welcome to send an e-mail to any of the tutors to set up an appointment.  They will be paid for the time they spend working with you.

Welcome to Accepted Students

The University Library is very happy to welcome about 200 accepted students and their families to Washington and Lee University for Accepted Students Day on Wednesday 23 April.

We hope our guests will stop by Leyburn Library and/or Telford Science to take a break from the schedule of activities and/or to ask any questions about W&L libraries or campus life. Anticipating one question: Yes, we are open to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while classes are in session.

The long march of college admission is almost over! We hope you enjoy this week’s visit to W&L — and look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

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"New" Mac Lab

The computing lab in Room 101 on Lower Level 1 of Leyburn Library is now an all-Mac facility.

Refurbished and re-equipped over Spring Break, the lab now contains 14 Mac machines with dual monitors.


Old George Still Home

Some of you may have seen an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the possibility of “Old George” (or a copy thereof) taking to the road.

Rest assured that the original “Old George,”repaired and restored, continues to reside in the Boatwright Room within Leyburn Library’s Special Collections area.  Even today, 170 years after his original ascent in 1844 above the building now known as Washington Hall, students and other researchers continue to work under his serious gaze.

Drop by and say “hi.”

Spring Break Hours

Hours of operation for Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library during W&L’s undergraduate Spring Break:

Leyburn Library

  • Saturday 12 April  —  close at 12:00 noon
  • Sunday 13 April —  closed
  • Monday 14 April through Friday 18 April  —  open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday 19 April  —  open at 12:00 noon and resume normal hours

Telford Science Library

  • Friday 11 Apil  —  close at 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 12 April and Sunday 13 April  —  closed
  • Monday 14 April through Friday 18 April  —  open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday 19 April and Sunday 20 April  —  closed
  • Monday 21 April  —  open at 8:30 AM and resume normal hours

Leyburn Fire Alarm(s)

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the fire alarm in Leyburn Library has been set off by a faculty member’s fiery rhetoric in one of the classrooms.

The alarm sounded both Thursday evening and around noon on Friday.  These were NOT drills.   In each case, the alarm was triggered by a faulty elevator mechanism, which  currently is being repaired.

Remember:  Whenever this alarm does sound, all students and other visitors in the building should evacuate immediately and wait until W&L Public Safety officials authorize re-entry.