The Times (London) Online

Quick — name a newspaper that provided contemporary coverage of both the French Revolution and the September 11, 2001 attacks.

There may be only one.  Published since 1785, The Times (London) long has been called the “newspaper of record” and is likely the best-known newspaper in the world.

The Washington and Lee University Library is excited to announce that we now provide online access to the Times Digital Archive, a searchable database providing the full text and images of over 11 million articles published in The Times from 1785 through 2008.  (Such is the depth of its coverage that it includes this 1956 account of a college lacrosse team from Virginia, USA.)

We also are very happy to announce that we now have access to the Sunday Times Digital Archive, covering the years 1822 through 2006.  The Sunday Times actually is a separate newspaper, not The Times’ “Sunday paper,” with its own rich history of investigative journalism.

W&L students and faculty in history, journalism and other fields will benefit from the wealth of information in these newspapers for years to come.

These acquisitions were made possible by generous gifts from our Friends of the Library and we are very grateful for their support of Washington and Lee.

Databases for W&L Alumni

For the fabulous W&L Class of 2014 —

Shortly after you graduate you will lose access to most of the commercial online databases provided by W&L’s University Library and Law Library.  (Publishers are pretty strict about who is officially a “W&L student.”)

However, the W&L University Library’s Friends of the Library and the W&L Office of Alumni Affairs have contracted to provide alumni — including our new 2014 graduates — with ongoing access to four article databases:

  • Project Muse
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • Business Source Alumni Edition

To use these services, you will need to have and use your W&L alumni Colonnade Connections ID and password, entering through this Friends of the Library link.

Summer Hours in Effect

More than 400 reasons for the University Library to be open 24/7 graduated from W&L in May.    Good luck to our new alumni!  We miss you already!

Summer hours for Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library are now in effect:

Leyburn Library

  • Open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, closed on weekends
    (through Sunday 31 August)
  • Friday 4 July — W&L closed for Independence Day
  • Monday 1 September through Wednesday 10 September — open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 11 September — open 8:00 AM and resume normal hours

Telford Science Library

  • Open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays, closed on weekends
    (through Sunday 31 August)
  • Friday 4 July — W&L closed for Independence Day
  • Monday 1 September through Wednesday 10 September — open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 11 September — open 8:30 AM and resume normal hours

Spring Term Festival on Friday

Just past half-time in Friday’s action:




If you are looking for a nice, quiet place to read or study around mid-day on Friday, the Main Floor of Leyburn Library may not be where you want to be.

On the other hand, if you want to learn about the exciting things that have been happening in W&L Spring Term courses, then you definitely want to be on our Main Floor from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM on Friday.

This year’s Spring Term Festival will celebrate the work of students and faculty who have been exploring the depth and breadth of a single course for the past 4 weeks.

The festivities also will include cookies, Pure Eats doughnuts, and other refreshments.

Ring Tum Phi Online

Perhaps the longest-running record of life at Washington and Lee University is the student newspaper the Ring Tum Phi.

The W&L University Library, through our Digital Repository program, has made online access to the historical record contained in the Phi one of our top digitization priorities.  And now we have something to share.

Issues dated from 1897 to 1920 are now available online through our Digital Repository site and from the Ring Tum Phi entry in the library catalog.

You can search for words or names within these issues by using the “Search within this collection” option.  You also can page through issues by opting to “Browse” by date.
For example, if you would like to see what life around here was like 100 years ago, you can view the May 9, 1914 issue.

This digitization process, which is slower and more exacting than you might imagine,  continues to move forward chronologically.   A few volumes are missing from the sequence, but we are working on that.

If you have questions about this project or about the Digital Repository program, please feel free to contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn @ or 458-8657.

Calyx Upgrade and More

The Washington and Lee University community now has improved online access to our archival collection of the volumes of The Calyx, 1895-2009.

As part of our Digital Repository program, volumes are now available as easy-to-use (and colorful) PDF files.   See this link:

You can see various options for viewing The Calyx by searching the library catalog for the title Calyx.

Another new addition to our Digital Repository is a collection of digital files on Lexington history created and donated by Edwin L. Dooley, Jr.   Most of the files consist of renderings of Lexington’s Main Street in 1867, which he created for a 2013 Rockbridge Historical Society exhibit.  The other two digital files are Town of Lexington Census files from 1860 and 1870, which he transcribed, corrected, and annotated. 
See this link: