Thanksgiving Break Hours

University Library November Break Hours

Telford & Leyburn Library

  • Friday, November 19: Close at 6pm
  • Saturday/Sunday, November 20-21: Closed
  • Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23: Open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 24 through Saturday, November 27: Closed
  • Sunday, November 28: Open at noon & resume 24/7 hours

W&L Joins HathiTrust

W&L has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a global collaborative of research and academic libraries working towards its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Today, HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward this collection under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests. HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitized books managed by the academic, research, and library community.

Access W&L’s HathiTrust membership [For current W&L students, faculty, and staff. Login required]

What is HathiTrust?

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than two hundred libraries.

Over the last twelve years, members have contributed more than 17.4 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than 6.5 million of the contributed volumes are in the U.S. public domain and freely available online.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for members and the public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching public domain volumes, and searching access to copyrighted works. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.

What does Hathi mean?

HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by member libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors. More information on HathiTrust is available at:

New Entry Traffic Pattern for Leyburn Library

As one door closes, another one opens…or stays open, in this case.

To create a traffic pattern that supports the library’s Covid-19 protocols, all W&L users will now enter Leyburn Library only through the Stemmons Plaza entrance. This is the entrance that faces the back of the colonnade.

Leyburn's Stemmons Plaza entrance

Photo of Leyburn Library’s Stemmons Plaza facing entrance

Throughout the remainder of Fall Term, this will be the only available entrance to Leyburn Library. Users must swipe their W&L ID cards to enter the Stemmons Plaza doors.

Entry points on Leyburn’s Lower Levels 2 and 4, and the Elrod Commons facing entrance on the main floor, will be locked to prevent entry.

All Leyburn Library exit points will remain operational.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we work together to create a safe and healthy campus community. We’re all in this together. For questions, email

*See map of Leyburn Library’s Main Floor *

Fall Leyburn Construction: Expect Noise!

Bang calloutDuring Fall Term 2020, ongoing construction will occur on Leyburn Lower Level 2 in preparation for the future installation of the Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence (CARPE). CARPE will be located on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1.

Please expect construction noise during each weekday!

Due to construction, Leyburn Lower Level 2 will be inaccessible Monday – Friday, during daytime hours. This space will be available after construction concludes each day at 6:00 p.m. and during weekends.

Lower level 2 items are listed in our catalog as:

“UNAVAILABLE DURING CONSTRUCTION: W&L Faculty/Staff/Students sign in to request access”

If you would like us to pull materials for you during the weekday, please login and use the supplied inter-library loan form. Users are welcome to pull materials on their own after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

Have questions? Email

Leyburn Library Call Number Location Changes

In preparation for the eventual installation of CARPE, the Center for Academic Resources & Pedagogical Excellence, physical materials are now organized in the following permanent locations within Leyburn Library:

    • Main Floor: reference collection, DVDs, current periodicals, & books on CD
    • Lower Level 1: books with call numbers A – BQ
    • Lower Level 2: books with call numbers BR – F (excluding science titles)
    • Lower Level 3: books with call numbers G through PQ
    • Lower Level 4: books with call numbers PR through Z (excluding science titles), all folios, bound periodicals, government documents, and VHS tapes

Problems finding something? Stop by Leyburn Library’s Information Desk—safely staffed using acrylic safety dividers. Or, email

Have problems navigating Library of Congress (LOC) call numbers? They are a lot different from Dewey! Review our “How to Read a Library of Congress Call Number” handout, available as a machine readable PDF.

Library Databases for W&L Alumni

The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to provide our alumni, including the Class of 2020, with access to several important commercially-published article databases, similar to those available to current W&L students, faculty, and staff.

Use of these resources is made possible by the generous financial support of the W&L Friends of the Library.



The databases available to our alumni include:

  • Project Muse
  • EbscoHost Databases — Academic Search and Business Sources



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.


Problems accessing online material off-campus?

A number of W&L users recently reported problems accessing online material off-campus.
This problem stems from web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc) remembering old login information.

To remedy this issue and get to the content you want, you have two choices:

  1. Use a different web browser than you use normally. Example: If you usually use Chrome, try Firefox!
  2. Clear your entire history, cache, and cookies for all time in your regular web browser.
    For detailed instructions about your specific browser, visit Clear your cache, cookies, and history

    • As you are clearing your browser data, make sure to choose “All Time,” “Everything,” “All History” or an equivalent.
    • Then, close and reopen your web browser.

Not sure if this error applies to your problem?

Are you seeing an error similar to the below message? If yes, you are likely experiencing the above browser issue.

Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more

Still experiencing issues?

Email and a library staff member will be happy to help.

To expedite your request, please include the following information in the email:

  • Your Name
  • Identify whether you are faculty/student/staff
  • Identify whether you are on/off-campus
  • Identify your operating system/browser
  • Describe your access issue (include screenshots if possible)

Physical space closures & continued virtual support

Leyburn Library overlaid with technology

In an effort to further limit personal interaction for the health and safety of our community, Leyburn and Telford Libraries’ physical spaces will be closed to all students effective Monday, March 23, and will close to all after March 27. Library staff will continue to support students, faculty and staff remotely. 

The library staff are eager to offer support. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned librarian or email to inquire how the library can meet your needs.

Library services for all of the W&L community
(faculty, staff & students)

  • Library online resources – The library’s online resources aren’t bound by walls. Off-campus users have access to the library’s robust selection of databases, journals, ebooks, and streaming content. Just start at to ensure direct access without paywalls.
  • eBooks – The library can determine if editions are available for books that you need.
  • Interlibrary Loan – Articles and book chapters are still available for digital delivery, but shipping of physical items has been suspended.
  • Chat Reference – A Chat Reference service will be available when classes resume March 30 for on-demand, online research support, but don’t hesitate to reach out to your favorite librarian.

In short, contact the library about what you need, and library staff will do their best to accommodate.
Explore additional services specific to faculty and specific to students below.

Additional Services for Faculty

  • Videos – The library can determine if streaming rights are available on videos you would like to use in class.
  • Scans – If ebooks are not available, the library can scan chapters of books in the collection to post on Canvas.
  • Carry-out services – If you need items from our collection, send citations and call numbers to
    In 24-48 hours (weekdays), we will contact you about picking the items up.
  • Special Collections – Special Collections remains available to faculty and staff by appointment; contact Tom Camden ( to schedule one. Scans are an option if you wish to use Special Collections materials in your classes.
  • LibGuides – On request, librarians can embed the specialized subject guides they produce in your Canvas courses. Contact your assigned librarian or email to have a specialized LibGuides subject guide created for your class and embedded in your Canvas course.
  • Streaming Services – The library subscribes to a variety of streaming services faculty can use in their media-rich classes.  If you wish to stream content from a vendor not listed below, contact your assigned librarian or email to initiate an investigation of availability.

Additional services for Students

  • Items in the collections – use the Interlibrary Loan form to submit requests
    • Scans – If ebooks are not available, the library can scan chapters of books in the collection for you.
    • Books – we can ship a limited number of books to you. We will provide prepaid return UPS labels for seniors. Returning students can return books in the fall.
  • Items in your carrel – if you left items in your carrel that you need, let us know at, and we will ship these items back to you.

Farewell to the Library Catalog


You may have heard that the W&L University Library is getting rid of our library catalog.   Unlike so much of the fake news flying around these days, this tidbit is somewhat true.

Our online catalog (aka “Annie”) will celebrate its 26th anniversary during the upcoming Thanksgiving break — and then we will bury it shortly after Christmas.   In late December the contents of the catalog will be subsumed within a larger “discovery” database system and will continue to be available, but not as a separate listing.    We will be sharing more about that new system over the coming weeks.

To get some idea of the impact of the arrival of Annie in 1991, see the 9 January 1992 Ring Tum Phi article, below.

Our current transition is creating a few situations which may directly affect students and faculty right now:

  • Requests for books, videos, or other materials needed for the start of Winter Term must be submitted by November 15.
  • Links to the library catalog (such as this)  in course syllabi or other online locations will not work after December 27.
  • Some online resources, such as databases and electronic journals, are being removed from the catalog’s listings.   If you are looking for a link to one of these, please try other options available on our homepage:   Database List  |  Journals List  |  Subject & Course Guides