Franklin Runge Head of User Services, Law Library

Phone: 540-458-8547


Office: 352 Lewis Hall

Scholarly Commons

Areas of Expertise/Classes Taught

Legal Research


BA, Hiram College

JD, Northeastern University

MLS, Indiana University


Franklin L. Runge joined the Washington & Lee School of Law as the Faculty Services Librarian in 2018, and he became the Head of User Services in 2019. He is responsible for access, instructional, and reference services for the Law Library. He is a member of the teaching team that instructs the 1L Legal Research course, and he is always looking for new ways to create an engaged classroom that produces life-long learners.

Prior to joining Washington and Lee, he served as the Faculty Services Librarian at the University of Kentucky from 2011 to 2018. In addition to his work as a librarian at UK, he served as the Chairperson for Sexual Misconduct Appeals for the entire campus and for a brief time as the Director of Admissions (law). Prior to entering academia, Franklin practiced law at Weisman & McIntyre (Boston, Massachusetts), where he focused on product liability cases against tobacco companies, education reform litigation at the state level, and seatbelt safety litigation against automotive manufacturers.

Franklin received a B.A. in Political Science from Hiram College in 2000, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003, and a M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in 2010.