2020/2021: Library Access, Services, and Instruction

Information about how the library can support faculty, students, and staff in virtual, hybrid, and in-person environments.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All in-building users must follow W&L's Statement of Community Expectations.

While in Leyburn and Telford, masks must be worn at ALL times in ALL spaces including restrooms, locked studies, and study rooms ​except for quick snacks ​or sips of beverages.

Full meals should not be eaten in Leyburn or Telford.

All restrooms in Leyburn and Telford are limited to single user capacity. All elevators are limited to 2 person capacity. 

Returned materials will undergo a 7 day quarantine period before becoming available for checkout based on the latest research from the REALM Project.

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Patron Access

During the 2020-21 academic year, Leyburn and Telford libraries will ONLY be accessible to current W&L students, staff, and faculty.

A W&L swipe card will be required for building entry at all times.

Leyburn Library will only have the entrance leading from Stemmons’s Plaza open. All other swipe card access doors will be inaccessible for building entrance.

Schedule of Operation

2021 Winter Term Hours: Leyburn & Telford Science Libraries

Leyburn Library

January 25 through March 6: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 am to 11:30 pm
  • Friday: 7 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday: noon to 8 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am to 11:30 pm

Starting Sunday, March 7 through April 16: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 am to 2 am
  • Friday: 7 am to 10 pm
  • Saturday: noon to 10 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am to 2 am

Telford Science Library

  • Accessible to W&L swipe card holders 24/7 throughout term.

Open Stacks

For W&L users, Leyburn & Telford stacks remain open. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Users may retrieve and checkout materials independently. If desired, contact-less pickup services are also available.

The books in our library collections are shelved in call number order using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Materials in the U.S. Government Documents Depository collection on Level 4 are shelved by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system.


  • MAIN FLOOR: current periodicals, newspapers, reference collection, DVDs, and books on CD (arranged by call number)
  • LOWER LEVEL 1: books with call numbers A through BQ (space under construction, request books from library@wlu.edu) 
  • LOWER LEVEL 2: books with call numbers BR through F 
    • Most BF items are in Telford Science Library
  • LOWER LEVEL 3: books with call numbers G through PQ
  • LOWER LEVEL 4: books with call numbers PR through Z, all books labeled Folio, bound volumes of journals and magazines (alphabetically by title), Government Documents, and VHS tapes (by call number)
    • Most Q-TP items are in Telford Science Library


  • LEVEL 3: reference collection and call numbers A through QA
  • LEVEL 4: reference collection and call numbers QB through Z (including books labeled Folio)

Content in guide is subject to change.