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: www.hathitrust.org.

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 library@wlu.edu.

*See map of Leyburn Library’s Main Floor *

Voter Information Guide

Need help navigating the voting process? Check out the library’s Voter Information Guide.

In addition to an Election Day countdown clock, this guide includes information about:

  • how to register to vote;
  • absentee ballots;
  • voting at W&L;
  • acceptable forms of voter identification in Virginia;
  • resources for healthy voting.

Thanks to our amazing student employees for working on this guide! Thanks to the Law Library for contributing the section “Resources for Healthy Voting.”

LSO’s Favorite Books

Hispanic Heritage Month flyer


The Latinx Student Organization (LSO) has organized a variety of events, activities, and opportunities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 – October 15.

Part of this larger slate of offerings, LSO partnered with the University Library to curate a book collection: “LSO’s Favorite Books.” Many highlighted books are written by Spanish speaking or Latinx authors.

Browse the below list to learn which items LSO selected as their favorite books, and which member selected what title. Some titles were ordered specifically for LSO and are on their way to the library!

Want a book that hasn’t arrived yet or is currently checked out?
To receive notification when the book is available, do the following:

  • When you are on that book’s library catalog record,
    select “Please sign in to check if there are any request options.”
  • Login.
  • On the resulting screen, select “Request.”

David Gálvez’s Favorite:

Diana Rodriguez’s Favorites:

Jerónimo Reyes’s Favorite:

Taylor Graham’s Favorite:

Jackie Tamez’s Favorites:

Oriana Gutierrez’s Favorite:

Isabel Lourie’s Favorite:

Carolina Rubio Regalado’s Favorite:

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 library@wlu.edu.

11 Things Every First-Year Should Know About The Library

This term is different than most; but, the library remains committed to supporting student needs whether they are in-person or virtual.

Review the below facts every first-year should know because…



  1. In order to forestall the potential spread of Covid-19, many library services and policies will be different for Fall 2020. The library appreciates student understanding during this time. We’re all in this together as we work to keep our campus community healthy & safe.
    Notable library changes include:

    • Leyburn Library will have abbreviated hours of accessibility:
      • Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. ​
      • Friday, 7:00 a.m. – midnight​
      • Saturday, noon – midnight​
      • Sunday, noon – 2:00 a.m.
    • A W&L swipe card is required for building entry at all times.
    • While in Leyburn and Telford, masks must be worn at all times in all spaces, ​except for quick snacks ​or sips of beverages.
    • The library will not check out carrels. Carrels can be used temporarily by individuals. Personal materials should be removed upon departure.
    • Full meals should not be eaten in Leyburn or Telford.
    • The library will no longer check out chargers, headphones, or calculators.

Back to the regular library facts…

  1. Most US university libraries use the Library of Congress system to organize their physical book collections, and so do we–not the Dewey Decimal System. The Library of Congress System uses a combination of letters AND numbers for top level categories.
  2. Your university swipe card serves as your “library card.” Just present it when checking out or use it at one our our self-checkout terminals.
  3. The library is a lot more than a warehouse for physical books, although it has those too. It provides access to ebooks, DVDs, online articles, databases, government documents, streaming media, technology for checkout, and more! library.wlu.edu is the portal to find it all AND online content can be accessed on- or off-campus.
  4. The University Library provides access to a variety of databases. JSTOR is great, but there is much, much more available to W&L students.
  5. The library doesn’t own every resource. That’s what Interlibrary Loan is for. If we don’t have a book or article, we’ll get in from another library anywhere in the world. Free to W&L students.
  6. The library staff wants to help you. They are experts in finding, evaluating, and using information…basically, research! Make an appointment with a librarian for a virtual consultation. Or, drop by out virtual LibChat at library.wlu.edu!
  7. You will hear a lot of the Honor System and plagiarism in your time at W&L. The University Catalog recommends the library’s guide to avoiding plagiarism as a helpful resource.
  8. You’ll likely use several different citation styles during college, the library is happy to answer citation questions and even offer support in the use of the Zotero citation manager.
  9. Special Collections & Archives, on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1, houses rare books, manuscripts, and institutional and local history. Special Collections is opened Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For Fall 2020, there is a 6 researcher cap in occupancy.
  10. Finally, be prepared for even more changes–good changes! Leyburn Library will be home to a future teaching and learning center, CARPE. In preparation for this, you might notice some construction.🚧
    • Because of the construction, Leyburn’s Lower Level 2 will be inaccessible Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., during Fall 2020.
    • Leyburn’s Lower Level 1 will be inaccessible in the Winter/Spring of 2021: Special Collections will remain accessible during this time.

We love the library and hope you will too. Reach out anytime with questions.

Leyburn Library Photo

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:  http://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/
  2. Once you are officially registered, use this link and your personal ID and password to gain access to the databases listed above: https://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/friends-of-the-library

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.


Thanks to Our Student Workers!


Pandemic or no pandemic, this is the time of year when we start to miss our graduating seniors.

But we in the Washington and Lee University Library feel especially appreciative of one particular group of soon-to-graduate seniors — the students who have worked as members of the library staff in Leyburn Library and/or Telford Library.  These students have contributed significantly to the library’s service to the W&L community by working regular weekly hours, while, of course, continuing to juggle all the other aspects of a demanding campus life.  So many of the services our faculty and students enjoy are dependent upon the contributions of our student workers.

To honor their work, each year we invite our graduating student workers to identify a book which is especially meaningful to them, whether because of an emotional attachment, the subject matter, or other reasons.  We commemorate each student’s selection by acquiring a printed copy of the book, placing a dedicatory book plate inside the front cover, and then displaying all the selections as a group on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.   We are indebted to our Access Services Supervisor, Laura Hewett, for overseeing all the work involved in this process.

This Class of 2020 celebration has not been stopped by the physical closing of the W&L campus, but it has prevented most people from actually seeing the books on display.  For the moment, the photograph below will have to suffice.  However, the physical display itself will remain in place at least through the summer, so we have hope that (physical) library visitors soon may be able to share in our recognition of our students.

Below is a list of our graduating student workers (arranged by library department) and the books purchased in their honor.  You can see more information about the chosen books by browsing this collection in the library’s Primo database.

Thank you to all these hard-working students.  We hope you are healthy and safe and that we can see you again sometime soon!


Access Services

Ryann Carpenter, A Lucky Child

Angela Delos Reyes, Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs, Volume 1

Elyse Ferris, Murder on the Orient Express

Cassandra Grebas, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance

Connor Higgins, Catch 22

Jenna Kim, Being Mortal

Jiwon Kim, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Robert Layton, In the Gardens of the Moon

Chase Major, The Outsider

Laurel Myers, Yes, Please

Prakriti Panthi, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Emily Roche, Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Disseminations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Aimee Rodriguez, The Way of the Househusband, Volume 1

Anna Soroka, Love Earth Now

Collection Services

Kenneth Hartzfeld, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

Research Help

Emma Rabuse, Declaration des Droits de la Femme et de la Citoyenne

Digital Humanities

Win Gustin, The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy

Alice Chambers, The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers

Makayla Lorick, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth


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 wlu.eblib.com.ezproxy.wlu.edu (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more

Still experiencing issues?

Email LibraryERresourceManagement@wlu.edu 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 library@wlu.edu 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 libray.wlu.edu 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 library@wlu.edu.
    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 (camdent@wlu.edu) 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 library@wlu.edu 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 library@wlu.edu 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 library@wlu.edu, and we will ship these items back to you.