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Research Services

Research Help Desk

The Research staff of Leyburn Library offers assistance with the use of the library collections and other information resources to students, faculty, staff, members of the community, visitors, and other library users.
The Research Help Desk is located on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library. Our telephone number is (540) 458-8644. Contact information for individual staff members is listed below.
For information on research services in the Science Library, go here.


While W&L's undergraduate classes are in session, our Research Help Desk service hours are Monday-through-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; and Sunday-through-Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
During breaks in the academic calendar (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Washington Holiday, term breaks), our hours usually are Monday-through-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  We do not staff the Research Help Desk during the summer break. For detailed holiday hours, see this page .

Research Staff

Dick Grefe, Senior Reference Librarian

Yolanda Merrill, Humanities Librarian

Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections & Archives

John Tombarge, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services and Strategies

Mary Abdoney, Science Librarian and Research and Instruction Coordinator

Carol Hansen Karsch, Data & Statistical Support Specialist

Elizabeth Teaff, Head of Access Services

Cindy Morton, Manager of Digital Services

Jason Mickel, Director of Library Technology

Research Appointments

If you would like some help with your research, please set up a research appointment with one of the librarians.