Loeb Classical Library


The series known as the Loeb Classical Library began life just over one hundred years ago as an attempt to democratize classical literature by bringing translations of great works to a wide audience.

The revered Loeb series still lives in the 21st Century, with new translations published in their familiar compact red (Latin) and green (Greek) covers and added to the Washington and Lee University Library’s complete collection of printed volumes.

And finally the Loeb has come to the Internet.
Washington and Lee researchers now have online access to the complete Loeb Classical Library, including both original Greek and Latin texts and their English translations, with texts and translations displayed on facing pages.
Here is the link in the library catalog:  Loeb Classical Library

You may want to examine the “Browse” option to see all the included authors and works.  You also can do more sophisticated searching in the database, such as finding the word “blood” in the Iliad‘s translation.  

For additional information, take a look at this recent article on the Loeb Classical Library.

The University Library has purchased this database with proceeds from the Perry Fund.

If you have questions, please contact Humanities Librarian Yolanda Merrill.

Thanksgiving Break Hours


It seems like just last week, people were asking “How was your summer?”

And now we are looking at University Library hours for W&L’s Thanksgiving Break.

Leyburn Library

  • Saturday 22 November 22 — close @ 12:00 noon
  • Sunday 23 November 23 — closed
  • Monday and Tuesday,  24 and 25 November — 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 26 November — 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon
  • Thursday 27 November through Saturday 29 November — closed
  • Sunday 30 November 30 — open @ 12:00 noon and resume regular academic hours

Telford Science Library

  • Friday, November 21 — close @ 10:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 November — closed
  • Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 November — 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 26 November 26 — 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon
  • Thursday 27 November through Saturday 29 November — closed
  • Sunday 30 November 30 — open @ 12:00 noon and resume regular academic hours

Berlin Wall in Library


This past week marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As they say, it was in all the papers, including this week’s Washington Post and this November 1989 article from the New York Times.

And Washington and Lee University got a piece of the action — literally, a piece of the Berlin Wall.   Thanks to the industry of alumnus Tie Sosnowski (C’90), the University Library’s Special Collections houses a small fragment of the wall, mounted and authenticated.

Stop by to visit a piece of one of the most (in)famous man-made structures of the 20th century.  Our Special Collections is located on Lower Level 1 of Leyburn Library and is open Monday-through-Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

November Events in Leyburn Library


The following is a list of events that will be held in Leyburn in November (list is subject to change):

  • November 11 @ 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. 
    Copyright Q&A.  Room M47.
       For questions contact Alston Cobourn.  For full details see flyer: copyrightflyer.jpg
  • November 13 @ 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. 
    Nobel Symposium in Economics, Presented by Mike Smitka.   Northen Auditorium
  • November 17 @ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  
    China of the Most Fashionable Sort.   Northen Auditorium.  
    Description from the University Calendar:Lecture by Suzanne Hood, Curator of Ceramics at Colonial Williamsburg; Chinese export porcelain has been called one of the first globalized commodities. Suzanne Hood uses surviving objects, archaeological, and documentary evidence to show just how much porcelain ‘made in China’ came to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  Free and Open to the Public.”

If you know of any revisions in this schedule, please notify Emily Cook in Leyburn Library.