We are proud to offer you

  • a collection of more than 2 million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents and films
  • electronic access to many of our resources from anywhere in the world
  • a staff with over 870 years of expertise
  • varied study areas, including group study rooms, study carrels, collaboration booths and media studios
  • computers and printers

...and lots more.

And of course, we’re always glad to help, so please ask us.

Our Libraries

Swem Library is the main campus library, and is located at 400 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23186. Directions & Parking

There are several other campus libraries:

  • Chemistry Reading Room
  • Hargis Library at VIMS
  • Learning Resource Center (School of Education)
  • McLeod Business Library
  • Music Library
  • Physics Library
  • Wolf Law Library

Our Mission

William & Mary Libraries support and enhance teaching and research and foster intellectual curiosity, creativity and lifelong learning.

Our Values


We embrace equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to create a culture where all individuals feel welcomed, included, and represented.


We are committed to learning. The libraries are places to discover, play, create, connect, and build community.

Equitable Access

Equitable access to information is a human right. We advocate to remove barriers to information and create new pathways to discovery.


People are our greatest strength. We invest in the personal and professional growth of our staff and promote a work environment built on trust and collegiality.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We, at William & Mary Libraries, are committed to fostering an environment where diversity, inclusion and equity are viewed as fundamental to our mission and integral to our service model on campus and in the broader community. We believe an environment that is open and welcoming to all patrons is crucial to fulfilling the research, teaching and service mission of the University. We strive to create a climate of belonging, which we believe promotes self-agency, participation, collaboration and innovation.

Learn more and find our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plans.