Emory Libraries remote services are available while physical access remains limited. Select on-site services available by appointment for faculty and grad students. We look forward to welcoming undergraduate students for fall semester. 

Please check our Hours page for virtual consultation and material pickup times.

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Emory Libraries Phased Reopening and Remote Services

We are dedicated to serving our patrons while building access is limited. Learn more about our phased plan for reopening and remote services.

On-Site Research and Teaching Support

Beginning July 6, Emory faculty and graduate students can make appointments for on-site services such as picking up books, using the microfilm readers, consulting Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library materials, or other on-site-only services.

Appointments can be scheduled at the Woodruff, Rose, Woodruff Health Sciences, and Oxford libraries. Visit our on-site appointment page to learn more and select your appointment time.

Appointments are restricted to Emory faculty and graduate students who have completed the registration process and received clearance to return to campus in compliance with the Return to Campus Guidelines outlined during the Research and Recovery Phases of Summer 2020.

On-Site Safety

We are committed to the safety of our users. Protocols for the safe handling of materials are in place, and both library patrons and staff are required to follow Emory University's health and safety guidelines, with signage posted throughout public spaces. 

Emory University Libraries recommend that users always wash their hands after handling library materials. To protect the safety of our employees and customers, paper-based materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours when in transit and prior to delivery to borrowers. Non paper-based materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours or will be thoroughly sanitized using a 70% alcohol solution.

Online Teaching and Learning Resources


Canvas, staff support, and workshops including Canvas Essentials for Remote Teaching are available. Visit Canvas Support for more information.

Course Materials

Course Reserves enable instructors to make course materials readily available to their students via Canvas. Instructors can upload scans, add weblinks, and place requests through both the Course Reserves online system and discoverE.

Not finding that resource? Reserves staff are happy to coordinate the pursuit of needed course material not owned by Emory Libraries.

Library Instruction

Our remote teaching guide provides library resources to use in a variety of instruction environments, including online courses.  On this guide you will find ideas for adapting research assignments, suggestions for class activities, and ways to get help and support.

Contact a subject librarian to review options for a variety of instruction scenarios, including in-person, synchronous online sessions, or asynchronous content.

Copyright Considerations

In making the shift from in-person to online teaching, sometimes copyright questions pop-up. Please see our online copyright considerations page to learn more. Still have questions? Schedule a virtual copyright consultation or contact the Scholarly Communications Office for further assistance.

Library Production Studios

The Emory Libraries’ video and audio production spaces are open over the summer by appointment only in preparation for remote teaching and learning in the fall. Availability of the spaces may be constrained due to lower staff density in the library over the summer, and all university social distancing, safety and cleanliness protocols will be observed. Learn more or schedule an appointment at Academic Production.

Student Technology Support

Technology support resources for students, including an FAQ can be found on the Student Technology Support website.

For password support or access issues, contact the University Service Desk at 404-727-7777 or visit University Service Desk website.

Remote Research Support - Atlanta Campus

See our Hours page for times and availability for virtual services.

Ask a Librarian Service

Need help with your research, citing a source, or wondering how to connect remotely to the library collections? Connect with a Reference Professional from near or far via text, email, or chat through Ask a Librarian.

You can also visit our Research Help pages for research and writing assistance.

Virtual Research Consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific disciplines are available for remote consultations on research questions via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom) by appointment. Subject librarians can also assist with acquiring electronic books and streaming video and audio not currently in our collections.

You can also visit our Research Guides on subjects, topics and courses.

Virtual Emory Thesis and Dissertations

Consultations for help with your thesis or dissertation are available by appointment with a member of the Scholarly Communications Office or visit our ETD FAQ page.

Virtual Services at Other Atlanta Campus Locations

All Emory Libraries locations on the Atlanta campus are offering specialized virtual services for their users. To find out more please visit:

Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library  
Goizueta Business Library 
Pitts Theology Library 
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library 
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

Remote Research Support - Oxford Campus

The Oxford College Library is offering a variety of virtual services to its faculty and students.

Virtual resources for faculty
Virtual resources for students

Online Materials and Tools

The Emory Libraries have many digital materials available for you, and we provide both guidance on connecting from off-campus and instructions on browser plugins available to the Emory community that simplify the identification of Emory digital resources.


Visit our discoverE working remotely page for hints and tips on finding online materials. Also, please see our comprehensive guide on finding, accessing, and downloading e-books

Collection Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning

Our guide on collection resources provides information on accessing and requesting needed content for successful completion of research projects and teaching assignments. This guide is being frequently updated as we work with vendors, library partners and fine-tune internal workflows.

Databases @ Emory

Emory Libraries licenses over 1,000 databases to support teaching and research. Use Databases@Emory to search for a relevant database by title, subject or database type. Many of our databases contain full-text journal content (in particular, our EBSCO databases), and/or contain a FindIt@Emory icon that links to our full-text content.


eJournals A-Z is a list of all electronic journals licensed by Emory Libraries. To access the full content of many of our subscribed and licensed journals, you will need to authenticate as an Emory user. Either go through the A-Z page, or use the proxy bookmarklet to reload the webpage.


Search the EmoryFindingAids Database to access detailed descriptions of archival and manuscript collections held in various repositories at Emory. EmoryFindingAids are available for both processed and unprocessed collections. You can also email an archivist by writing to rose.library@emory.edu.

Streaming Video

For remote teaching and learning, we recommend using streaming video in lieu of physical media such as DVDs whenever feasible. Most streaming video content licensed by the Emory Libraries is searchable in discoverE. Subject librarians can assist with acquiring videos not currently in our collection, or you can use the Emory Libraries streaming video purchase request form.

The Emory Libraries subscribe to numerous academic streaming video collections, and we license individual streaming video titles to support teaching and research. Learn more at Films and Video.

Streaming Audio

Emory subscribes to two large music streaming providers, each with several databases: Naxos and Alexander Street Press. See the options under ‘Where to Stream’ on our Music and Scores page.

Streaming Media Purchasing

Subject librarians can assist with acquiring electronic books and streaming video and audio not currently in our collections.

Borrowing Materials

Request Library-Owned Items to Support Remote Learning and Research

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is committed to providing access to library materials in compliance with Phase II of Emory's Research and Recovery process. During this period, Emory faculty, staff, and graduate students may continue to submit requests for library materials through discoverE. Library staff will retrieve requested items and contact you via email to schedule a no-contact pick up appointment. Pick up will take place Monday-Friday by appointment only. Users cleared to return to campus may schedule a pickup appointment by selecting either Curbside or Grab and Go pickup. Users not yet cleared to return to campus are eligible for Curbside pickup. Additional details are provided below; however, note that you should only schedule a pickup appointment after receiving notification that a requested item is available for pickup.

Curbside Pickup Service via the Woodruff Library Loading Dock Area (AVAILABLE TO ALL EMORY FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENTS)

1. Appointments available Monday-Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
2. For directions to the library loading dock, please see this Google map location or enter 1602 Fishburne Drive, Atlanta, GA, in your preferred mapping tool.
3. To avoid congestion in the loading dock area, please arrive promptly at your scheduled appointment time.
4. Upon arrival, park in the numbered curbside pickup parking space that was assigned to you in your appointment confirmation message. (If a pedestrian, please stand near your numbered sign).
5. Remain in your vehicle!
6. Call 404.727.1014 to alert library staff of your arrival.
7. Pop open your trunk or lower your rear passenger side window.
8. A library staff member will deliver library materials to your vehicle.
9. Depart the parking space and loading dock area promptly to ensure availability for the next appointment.

Grab and Go Pickup Service from the Woodruff Library Entrance Desk (RESTRICTED TO THOSE APPROVED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS)

1. Appointments available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
2. To ensure compliance with University guidelines on physical distancing between appointments, please arrive promptly at your scheduled pickup time.
3. Upon arrival, present your Emory ID at the Entrance Desk and let the staff member know that you have an appointment to pick up library materials.
4. Library staff will direct you to the corresponding pickup location.
5. Depart the library promptly to clear the lobby area for the next appointment.
We look forward to supporting your research with expanded options for pickup of physical library materials in compliance with Emory's Research and Recovery guidelines. For additional assistance, please contact us through Ask a Librarian or ask@emory.libanswers.com.

Request Scans of Library-Owned Physical Items

Electronic Document Delivery is a scanning service offered to Emory University faculty, staff, and students at no cost. If you would like a PDF of an article or book chapter that Emory Libraries owns in physical format, you can place an Electronic Document Delivery request through discoverE. Library staff will scan and upload the document to ILLiad (Emory's interlibrary loan and EDD system) and then notify you by email when the PDF is available.

Note that not all Emory libraries participate in the scanning service to the same degree, so some material may be ineligible for scanning.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) of Non-Emory Items

Current Emory students, faculty and staff may request electronic delivery of book chapters and journal articles from other libraries through ILLiad (Interlibrary loan). Availability of ILL materials may depend on the opening of our partner libraries.

If your ILL request is for a physical item, once you are notified of its availability please schedule an appointment to pick it up.

Returning Materials

All due dates for materials currently on loan from any Emory library will be extended at least through September 1, 2020. Patrons are asked to keep any items now in their possession until further notice. All fines and late fees incurred between March 11 and September 1 will be waived. In the event you need to return materials prior to the reopening of Emory Libraries, please reference guidelines available via Emory Libraries News. Please contact us through Ask a Librarian for additional assistance.

Contact Us

Have other remote needs? Please contact us through Ask a Librarian for additional assistance.

For questions related to archival materials, please email rose@library.emory.edu

For faculty and students at the Oxford College Library, please call 770-784-8380 or email ox-librarystaff@listserv.cc.emory.edu.

Additional Updates and Resources from Emory

The August 19 arrival of undergraduates on campus marks the official beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.  Learn more about the Fall 2020 return to campus.

For up-to-date information on Emory policies and procedures regarding coronavirus, visit Emory University COVID-19 Updates.