Artifacts in the Archives: From A (academic) to Z (zany)


Our newest exhibit is an informative and fun look at some of the artifacts that are housed in the University Archives. The exhibit highlights objects, ranging from arrowheads found at Brompton to a gym suit from 1928. Come see the Beanies freshmen had to wear when beginning their first semester and discover the Westmoreland dorm […]

Dogs in Simpson

Dogs in Simpson Library

Need to de-stress from all your exam studying? Rappahannock Comfort Canines will be here to help out. When: Dec 9-11 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm. Where: Simpson Library Lobby  

Orientation Guide – Stafford Campus Library


New to the Stafford Campus?  Then check out our new orientation guide for an introduction to the resources and services available at the Stafford Campus Library.

Maker/DIY Guide


Check out our new guide featuring resources for the Maker and DIY (Do It Yourself) communities.  It highlights the ThinkLab, LearnerSpace, and useful library and web resources for anyone interested in participating in Maker/DIY activities. Image “Shining lightbulb concept isolated on the beige background” by shadphotos at

Zotero Workshops – Campus Libraries


Citing your sources have you stumped? Looking for an easier way to organize your research? Zotero ( is a great free tool that helps you collect and organize your sources to create bibliographies! With Zotero, you can easily keep track of the sources that you find, and automatically generate citations in APA, MLA or Chicago […]

Open Access Resources

Open Access logo

Interested in the rapidly expanding world of freely available books, articles, and videos? Then check out our new open access resources guides for links to a growing collection of free and open resources. Image “Open Access” by AJC1, available under a Creative Commons Attribution License at  

ThinkLab: If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It


The ThinkLab @ Simpson Library is a collaborative Makerspace for students and faculty to learn and use a variety of emergent technologies, such as 3D printers, e-textiles, and embedded circuits and systems. This exhibit highlights this exploratory project and the way Makerspaces are allowing students in all disciplines to answer complex questions and experiment with […]

The Papers of James Monroe

James Monroe

James Monroe, fifth president of the United States and author of the Monroe Doctrine, is one of Virginia’s most prominent native sons. His five-decade career as a public servant, during which time he held more public offices than any other U.S. president, included positions as a congressman, senator, governor, diplomat, secretary of state, secretary of […]

Mary Washington College/India Exchange Program, 1963-1970

India/Mary Washington College Exchange Program 1970

From 1963 to the early 1970s, Mary Washington College faculty participated in an exchange program with colleges in India.  Funded by the US State Department and the Danforth Foundation, the aim of the program was to enrich the curriculum in the colleges of both countries to strengthen the understanding of other cultures.  President Grellet Simpson […]

Digitization of UMW’s Academic Course Catalogs

Digitization of UMW’s Academic Course Catalogs

UMW Libraries is pleased to announce the digitization of the University’s academic course catalogs. Volumes from 1913-2013 are now available full-text and searchable online through the Internet Archive. First published in 1911 as the Bulletin of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, this publication provides lists of faculty, course descriptions, photographs of the […]