Committed to providing a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education, the University of Mary Washington offers students the opportunity to pursue individual or collaborative research projects. To afford students the opportunity to advance these educational undertakings, the University provides for several excellent research facilities and collections of scholarly materials.
The Libraries of the University of Mary Washington strive to meet the research needs of the UMW community and to enhance and support the instructional programs of the University. Our services are provided at our physical locations on UMW’s two campuses and on-line at our homepage.
Simpson Library, located on the Fredericksburg Campus, houses the University’s main collection of over 367,000 printed volumes and a Government Resources Depository Collection, as well as the University Archives and Rare Book Collection.
The Stafford Campus Library is located on the Stafford Campus and houses a collection tailored to the Stafford-based programs offered at the College of Business and College of Education. Further, UMW Libraries offers access to over 100 databases and 42,000 electronic books.
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
The James Monroe Museum is the first place to contact to learn about President James Monroe, the founding of our continental republic, and the hemispheric protection of the Monroe Doctrine. The museum was founded by descendants of President Monroe and is located on Monroes land in the historic district of downtown Fredericksburg. Deeded by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1964, the James Monroe Museum owns the largest collection of Monroe artifacts, Monroe-related books, and significant archives including 700 letters to and from Monroe and 26,000 other original documents including many focused on the Revolutionary and Federal periods of history. In addition to conserving and enhancing the collections, the James Monroe Museum also maintains and develops special outreach programs and serves as a laboratory for students as well as a research resource for faculty. It is a sister institution to the University’s James Monroe Presidential Center (which includes the publishing project, The Papers of James Monroe).
Leidecker Center for Asian Studies
The Leidecker Center for Asian Studies supports interdisciplinary study of Asia, drawing on the expertise of people from across the campus. The Center sponsors an annual lecture series, seminars, and conferences. In coordination with the resources of the University’s Office of International Academic Services, the Center also promotes academic and cultural exchange, as well as awareness of Asia and its place in the world. Beyond the academic study of Asia, the Center for Asian Studies sponsors public workshops allowing direct familiarity with various aspects of Asian cultures.