The Emory Libraries hold over 3.1 million print volumes and more than 1.2 million e-books. We utilize a wide variety of vendors and suppliers to build our collection. Please use the purchase request form to make specific requests for collection additions, or reach out to your subject librarian to review the collection in your area and make suggestions to support your teaching and research.

Print Collection

Woodruff Library's onsite print collection is located in the Stacks Tower, Levels 4-8. Emory also shares an offsite print facility, the Library Service Center (LSC), with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Items requested from the LSC are usually available within 24 hours. New acquisitions are highlighted in the entrance lobby, as well as in front of the Goizueta Business Library. To search for our newest additions and/or virtually browse our collection, please use the "newly acquired" facet in Library Search. To request an addition to the collection, please contact your subject librarian or make a request via the purchase request form.

E-book Collection

Emory owns or subscribes to over 1 million e-books, to support teaching and research, on a wide variety of e-book platforms and from a wide array of publishers, including JSTOR, Project Muse, Springer, APA, Gale, Overdrive, and ProQuest Ebook Central among others. Use Library Search to locate much of this content. Emory is also a member of and contributes locally digitized content to HathiTrust which contains tens of thousands of e-books, many of which are in the public domain and freely available for download. 

In many cases, you will be able to download a PDF or an EPUB, while in other cases there may be usage restrictions (often referred to as Digital Rights Management, or DRM). For more information on our e-book packages and providers and how they can be searched, used and accessed (downloaded, printed, etc), please visit our e-book guide.

Rare Books

The Rose Library holds several hundred thousand volumes of rare books and serials dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries covering a wide range of subjects from religious texts to anatomical engravings to avant garde poetry that complement many of the Rose Library's manuscript holdings.

Collection strengths include art and art history, 19th and 20th-century British literature and Victorian novels,  African-American literature and imprints, little magazines, Southern history, and the libraries of many important writers, scholars, presses and collectors. The rare books collection is comprised of many first editions, translations, inscribed and signed copies, and adaptations enabling textual and bibliographical research. 

To locate an individual book title please search Library Search and limit to the Rose Library (MARBL).

Digitized Books

Emory continues to digitize significant portions of its rare and historical book collections. Notable digital collections include Yellowbacks Fiction, Southern Imprints, Emblem Books, Baedecker Travel Guides, Triple Deckers, Atlanta City Directories, Methodist Imprints, and Theology Reference Collections. These titles are in Library Search and searchable and downloadable directly via Internet Archive and HathiTrust. Locally digitized books can also be accessed and downloaded through the Emory Digital Collections.