The library's Primo database, accessible through our homepage, can be used to find out what print and online books are available to W&L researchers. Here are some suggestions.
If You are Searching for Books on a Topic
If you are using the basic "Simple Search" (or "Search Everything"), a drop-down menu will be activated which allows you to select "Books Only."
If you are using "Advanced Search," you can select "Books Only."
You can combine words or forms of words that appear in descriptions of books. Some examples:
If You Know a Book's Author or Title
Select Browse Search ( you may have to choose "Advanced Search" to see this) and then use the drop-down menu to:
You can discover books (and other materials) not available in W&L libraries by using the WorldCat database, which contains the holdings of hundreds of library catalogs -- books, DVD's, digital materials, etc.
W&L researchers have access to two forms of the WorldCat database:
W&L researchers can request most items found in WorldCat via Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables current W&L undergraduate students, faculty, and staff to use other libraries' collections to borrow books or other printed materials and/or receive electronic copies of articles.
Fill out the form with as much information as you know about any book not in our collection. Turnaround time for borrowing books (from request-to-arrival) usually is about a week, although that is not guaranteed.
Doctoral dissertations are not published books, but can be considered book-length scholarly studies.
W&L subscribes to a database which offers the complete texts of over 1 million dissertations and theses.