Library Databases for W&L Graduates


One of the benefits of a being a Washington and Lee student is having access to dozens of commercially-published databases which enable researchers to make use of many thousands of academic journals, newspapers and magazines, books, data sources and analyses, and other materials.

Alas, one of the basic rules of institutional subscriptions to such databases is that use is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.    Thus, our graduating seniors lose access to nearly all of these resources as they transition from W&L students to W&L alumni.

The W&L University Library, through the financial support of our wonderful Friends of the Library group, is able to provide our alumni with ongoing access to a selection of important “article databases,” including:

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

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.


Summer Hours


Too soon we breast the tape and too late we realize the fun lay in the running.       Walt Kelly


Here are our hours of operation for Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library for the end of the 2018-19 academic year and summer 2019.

  • Monday 20 May through Friday 30 August — open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm / closed weekends
  • Saturday 31 August 31 through Wednesday 4 September —  open 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 5 September  —  open @ 7:30 am and resume 24/7 academic hours

Please remember that Lower Level 4 in Leyburn Library is scheduled to be closed through August.


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Summer access to Leyburn Library’s Lower Level 4

The Leyburn Library renovation project to construct CARPE begins this summer with the installation of compact shelving on Lower Level 4. During this period (May 20-August 2019), access to Leyburn Lower Level 4, and the books currently housed there, will be unavailable.

The library staff is dedicated to working with our users to make this process as easy as possible. Below is a list of important details concerning summer activities. Full access to the library collection should be restored before school starts in September. After the installation of compact shelving, study carrels, tables and other furnishings will be placed on Lower Level 4. For questions, please contact John Tombarge, the Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham University Librarian.

Schedule of renovation

  • May 20, 2019: Lower Level 4 closes to all public access. The entry/exit doors on Lower Level 4 will be inaccessible throughout the summer months.
  • June and July 2019: Compact shelving on Lower Level 4 will be installed. This shelving will eventually house bound journals, government documents, and selected reference items.
  • August 2019: Leyburn Library’s collection will be physically shifted to account for the move of bound journals, government documents and selected reference works to Lower Level 4; i.e., call number groupings on specific floors may change to create an easily navigable collection.
  • Fall 2019: Part of Lower Level 2 will be closed for the construction of new offices for the library’s Collection Services department. These offices need to be relocated from Lower Level 1 as part of the CARPE renovation.
  • January 2020: Much of Lower Level 1 will be closed to construct CARPE, which is scheduled to open in January 2021. Special Collections & Archives will remain open and easily accessible during this time.