Library, Collections and Information Technology

The UNIVERSITY LIBRARY supports Washington and Lee's central mission of teaching, learning and research in the liberal arts by providing a wide range of materials in all formats for use in the classroom, in student learning, in faculty research and in preparation for teaching, and by offering a highly skilled staff to assist faculty, students and other users. In addition to more than 650,000 volumes housed on site, the library offers convenient, 24-hour access to resources for students and faculty on and off campus. The University Library's two buildings, the James Graham Leyburn Library and the Robert Lee Telford Science Library, are open 24 hours daily when classes are in session.

The WILBUR C. HALL LAW LIBRARY of the School of Law is open 24 hours a day every day of the year. The library, which comprises approximately 58,155 square feet, is an integral part of the building, connecting directly to the student carrels, student offices, classrooms and faculty offices. The library houses the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives, which include the papers of the late associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who was an alumnus of the College (1929) and the School of Law (1931).

Washington and Lee owns several significant collections of art, including early American portraits, Chinese export porcelain, fine and decorative arts, and contemporary paintings. In addition, the university has a small but important historical collection housed in the Lee Chapel and Museum, a National Historic Landmark that attracts almost 50,000 visitors annually. In recent years, the university has given greater attention to these collections as foundations of academic research and as links to interested groups beyond the campus. It is within the president's purview to further the care of these collections and the support for the study of artistic, historical and philosophical ideas that they manifest.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES at Washington and Lee is committed to providing innovative leadership and excellent support to empower the university community in the successful use of information technology. The technology infrastructure is in excellent condition, with a state-of-the-art fiber ring and campus-wide wireless network. W&L led a partnership with the Rockbridge Area Network Authority that created a data center on the campus that is a major hub for communications in the region. For the first time, in 2014-15 bandwidth capacity on campus outpaced demand. In addition, the university has made steady progress in transforming its traditional classrooms into smart classrooms. Academic Technologies in ITS helps to integrate technology into teaching, learning, research and outreach. ITS is now focused on addressing the critical issue of security on the university's network. See