We’re Over Here — Behind The Wall


You wouldn’t think a five-story building could be hard to find.

But it might seem that way during the summer 2016 months, as construction on Washington and Lee University’s Stemmons Plaza area effectively blocks the front of Leyburn Library.   The building’s original entrance, on the Washington Hall side of the Main Floor, will be unavailable from late May through the end of August.

Fortunately, we have another entrance on the Main Floor.   As highlighted in yellow on the schematic below, the “new” entrance (on the Reid Hall/Elrod Commons side of the building) will be Leyburn Library’s primary gateway to and from the outside world this summer.

Getting to Telford Science Library will not be quite so challenging, unless you’re trying to get there from Leyburn.   A hint of that best route, via Lower Level 1, is also highlighted (ineptly) below.

W&L recently issued a press release on this construction project.
Questions about the library situation this summer?   Please feel free to ask at the Information Desk in Leyburn Library or call 540-458-8643.   Here are our hours.



Summer Library Hours


Leyburn Library

  • weekdays, Tuesday 5/31 through Friday 9/2  — open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • weekends, Saturday 6/4 through Friday 9/2  — closed
  • Saturday 9/3  through Wednesday 9/7  —  open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 9/8 — open at 8:00 am and resume the customary 24/7 schedule craziness

Telford Science Library

  • weekdays, Tuesday 5/31 through Wednesday 9/7  — open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • weekends, Saturday 6/4 through Wednesday 9/7  —  closed
  • Thursday 9/8 — open at 8:30 am and resume the customary 24/7 schedule craziness

“Beat Fellows” Exhibit


“Ginsberg and Beat Fellows: Photographs 1969-1997,” an exhibit of photographs taken by Gordon Ball, Visiting Associate Professor of English, is on display on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor.

Featuring candid shots of Allen Ginsberg and fellow poets and friends over the course of nearly three decades, the 21 photographs in this collection include novelist William S. Burroughs, poets Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman and Andrei Voznesensky, as well as rock star Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.  The photos were taken at a variety of locations, such as Ginsberg’s upstate New York farm, his Lower East Side apartment, and the faculty swimming pool at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Gordon Ball’s photographs have been shown and reproduced widely, from numerous exhibitions and books, such as The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats, to periodicals such as The New York Times Sunday magazine.   Professor Ball will be offering a course in “Literature of the Beat Generation” next Winter Term at W&L.

Intrigued?   Here’s an introduction to “Beat Poetics” from the Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945.    You also can take an online look at one of Professor Ball’s books, East Hill Farm.     [Accessible online to W&L students, faculty, and staff.]

New Historical Newspapers and Documents


The generosity of several donors has made it possible for the Washington and Lee University Library to acquire three significant online collections of historical newspapers, magazines, public records, books, and other types of publications and documents.   Each of these collections focuses on the Nineteenth Century, but also includes materials created before and after that period.

All these materials are accessible online to current W&L students, faculty, and staff, from both on-campus and off-campus locations.   Links will be located in the library catalog and elsewhere in our Web site.

Nineteenth Century British Newspapers
Based on the extensive newspaper holdings of the British Library, this digital archive includes millions of pages from about 70 newspapers, including both national and regional titles and providing U.K.-wide coverage.  A two-part list of covered newspapers can be viewed here and here.   Please note that this collection is one of several historical magazine and newspaper archives available to  W&L researchers.   Acquisition was made possible by the generosity of the Barbra B. and Hal F. Higginbotham Library Endowment.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
This digital archive includes thousands of books, newspaper and magazine articles, and other materials on the transatlantic slave trade, abolition of slavery, the dynamics of emancipation in the Western Hemisphere, and other aspects of the institution of slavery. Over five million pages of materials are drawn from the collections of major academic and research institutions.  Support from the Anne and Edgar Basse Jr. Endowment has made this addition possible.

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture
Focusing on the period 1790 to 1920 in Europe, North America, India, Australia, and New Zealand, this archive offers books, newspaper and magazine articles, broadsheets, manuscripts, and other documents on crime, punishment, and the reaction to it from the publishing world and popular culture.   Acquisition was made possible by the Barbra B. and Hal F. Higginbotham Library Endowment.