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Request Items

Emory Libraries borrowing services offer online requesting and contact-free pickup for current students, faculty, and staff for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Request Library-Owned Items

Physical items held by the Emory Libraries are available for loan to current faculty, staff, and students through discoverE. Patrons will be notified when items are available and how to retrieve them.

Need audio/visual production equipment, a laptop, or media? Learn how current faculty, staff, and students can borrow these materials during the 2020-2021 year.

Visit our borrowing privileges page for an overview of what is available at all Emory Libraries locations.

Request Scans from 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 (ILL) 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. 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.

Request a Purchase

Do you want to recommend the library purchase a title that isn’t in the collection? Submit a purchase request form for the library to purchase specific materials, such as DVDs, books, and e-books.

Returning Materials

If you are in the Atlanta area, we advise you to use the book drops at the following libraries to drop off your returns:

  • Robert W. Woodruff Library (Directions) book drops are located on either side of the main entrance of the Woodruff Library. 
  • Pitts Theology Library (Directions) book drops are located outside the 2nd floor entrance of the Rita Anne Rollins Building, near the Chemistry building.
  • Note: If you wish to return Music and Media Library equipment or media, please contact us through Ask a Librarian to request assistance.
  • If you are returning more than 50 books at once, please email in advance of returning the items to arrange for a no-contact drop off appointment.

If you are not in the Atlanta area, you may self-ship the items using a courier of your choice that offers package tracking capabilities. Please be sure to include your name and contact information and use the following physical address to ensure delivery: 

Attn: Stacks Department
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Emory University
540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

If you face a financial hardship that impacts your ability to return library materials, please complete the following Request for Assistance shipping form to initiate the return shipment process via Federal Express.

If you have any questions about your library account, please email:

Contact Us

Please contact us through Ask a Librarian for any questions you may have regarding this service.