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High school research at UMW

A guide to Simpson Library for high school students


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UMW invites high school students to visit Simpson Library to find sources for their research projects.

UMW offers...

  • More than 300,000 books.
  • Approximately 200 databases, containing millions of articles.
  • A selection of trustworthy websites, recommended by librarians.
  • Instructions for citing sources.
  • Help from reference librarians.


UMW has one library, Simpson Library, which is located on the Fredericksburg campus. High school students are welcome at Simpson Library.

Exterior of Simpson Library

Checking out books

High school students who are visiting Simpson Library on field trips may check out library books on a Guest Patron card if their teacher has prearranged it.

  • Up to five books at a time may be checked out.
  • The loan period is 35 days. Books may be renewed up to three times. To renew a book, login to your online account, using the password that came with your library card. Or, call the Circulation Desk at 540-654-1125, or send an email to Our staff can renew books for you.
  • Guest patrons may not check out DVDs, microforms, current periodicals, reserve materials, electronic equipment, or reference books.
  • Guest patron cards do not grant access to Simpson's library databases.

For complete information about Guest Patron cards, see this page.

If you don't want to get a Guest Patron card, you still have several options for using Simpson's library books:

  • Scanning/photocopying. The library has book scanners and photocopiers. Scanning is free. Photocopies are 10 cents per page (cash only).

A large book scanner, controlled by a touchscreen