Holiday Closings: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Pitts is closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Did you know that Pitts has a variety of primary source holdings from Dr. King himself? In the spring of 2019, the library was delighted to discover several letters of correspondence between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Professor Claude Thompson, a faculty member of Candler School of Theology (1951–1971). Part of the Claude H. Thompson papers collection (MSS 162), these letters bear witness to Thompson’s role as a vocal proponent of the civil rights movement who articulated a foundation for relating to all people with justice, regardless of race, from a theological and biblical perspective.

These letters are just a few of the fascinating holdings in Pitts Theology Library. Check out the Special Collections Finding Aids to discover more hidden archival material!

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Spring Semester Library Hours

Winter break has come and gone, and starting Monday, January 13, 2020, the library will move to Spring Semester Hours. Please see below for all hours, closings, and exceptions:

Spring Session 2020 (Jan. 13–May 11)
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Closed: Jan. 18-21 (MLK), March 7-8 & 14-15 (Spring Break), April 10-12 (Easter)

Shortened Hours: March 9-13, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (Spring Break)

A friendly reminder that the Reference Desk is open from 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. To read about all reference inquiry methods, visit

From all the staff at Pitts, we wish Emory students and faculty the best as a new semester begins!

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Library Winter Break Hours

Pitts Theology Library will shift to winter break hours starting Wednesday, December 18th and continuing through Sunday, January 12th. During this time, the library will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm, and it will be closed on the weekends. For a full listing of library hours, including holiday closings, visit Enjoy your break!

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Finals at Pitts

As we approach the end of the Fall Semester, the staff of Pitts Theology Library wishes you well on your upcoming work and invites you to rely on the spaces and the resources of the library to help you do your best. Finals bring a few changes to our practices and policies, which are designed to help you succeed. Please be aware of the following, and please contact the library at theologyref [at] emory [dot] edu or 404.727.0645 if you have any questions. Good luck with your work!

  • Extended Hours: From Wednesday 12/11 through Tuesday 12/17, the library will extend its hours. Opening hours will stay the same, but the library will stay open additional hours at night. For full hours, please visit Please note that the building locks soon after the library closes, so all students will need to leave the Candler School of Theology building complex when the library closes. There are 24-hour study spaces on campus, particularly the Woodruff Library ( 
  • Silent Study Space: From Wednesday 12/11 through Tuesday 12/17, the library will be a silent study space. We ask that all patrons respect their colleagues and go outside the library for any conversations.
  • Pitts Hospitality: During Finals, the library becomes a popular study place for all members of the Emory community. As a part of the Emory community, the library is open to all Emory faculty, students, and staff, and during Finals we often welcome many new patrons to the library. We encourage all to extend hospitality to one another, sharing tables and assistance in the space, while alerting the library staff to any problematic behavior. For our building use policies, please visit
  • Snacks Only: Due to higher library use, we make extra efforts to keep the space clean for our patrons and safe for our books. Please remember our food and drink policy, which allows only small snacks that don’t create a mess or odors and only drinks in spill-proof containers. In addition, we ask that you clean up after yourself and alert staff to any spills or clutter needing attention. Please also be aware of how you are disposing of your waste, using the proper recycling and compost receptacles.
  • Extra Study Space: The library is happy to open extra study space for students during this busy time. The 3rd Floor Classrooms (Rooms 368 and 369) will be open as a study space from Wednesday 12/11 through Tuesday 12/17, and the 3rd Floor Lecture Hall (Room 360) will be open as a study space from Saturday 12/14 through Tuesday 12/17. If you would like to learn about study space at Pitts (or take a virtual tour!), visit
  • Advanced Booking for Small Group Study Rooms: The 7 small group study rooms are popular during Finals, and so we encourage Candler students to book them early. For Finals, we have extended the advance booking time to 14 days so that you can book now for any day of the Finals period. You can read the room policies and make reservations online at
  • Let Us Know How We’re Doing: Each year the library staff works hard to adjust policies and practices to make the library a welcoming space for good work. If you like what you see or notice something that you think we could do better, please let us know at theologyref [at] emory [dot] edu or 404.727.0645.

On behalf of all the staff at Pitts Theology Library, we wish you the best during the exam period—you’ve got this!

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Forthcoming Exhibition: Evangelicalism in America

As the fall exhibition at Pitts comes to a close, we look forward to a new one on the horizon! From December 16, 2019 to March 20, 2020, Pitts will feature “Thy Kingdom Come: American Evangelicalism from George Whitefield to Contemporary Politics” curated by Brandon Wason and Eric Moore. Following the 250 year legacy of George Whitefield, this exhibition pushes against monolithic portrayals of Evangelicalism in the media and seeks to show the significance of this movement within the broader American culture. Stay tuned for details about tours, digital tools, and more!

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27th, and the library will remain closed through Sunday, December 1st. This is in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For all Pitts hours, visit Happy Thanksgiving!

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Inaugural Kessler Research Fellow, Prof. Ulrich Bubenheimer

Pitts Theology Library welcomed its first inaugural Kessler Collection Research Fellow this fall, a new appointment supported by the Kessler donors. Prof. Ulrich Bubenheimer retired from the University of Heidelberg and is a renowned expert in identifying manuscripts related to the Reformations of the 16th century. He first reached out to Pitts when he discovered the handwriting of Martin Luther on the title page of an item in the Kessler Collection (see here). Bubenheimer has spent 6 weeks working through several hundred items in the Kessler collection, including printed works that have manuscript annotations in the margins, title pages, and backs of books to place the comments in the context of developing 16th century theological debates.

Please join us in acknowledging Prof. Bubenheimer’s dedicated work and contributions to Pitts!

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New Search: Reference and Instruction Librarian

Pitts is excited to launch a search for a full time Reference and Instruction Librarian! Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Reference and Instruction Librarian (RIL) will staff the reference desk for 15-18 hours per week during regular semester, coordinate the desk schedule, and help lead orientation for all new students at Candler School of Theology and other units at the University. The RIL will also work with Emory faculty to develop and deliver library instruction and tutorials tailored to specific classes and supply ongoing research assistance to all patrons, including local and distance students. Please follow this link for a full description and to apply. Contact Bo Adams, Director of the Library, if you have any questions.

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Film Screening: “Healing the Healers”

This Friday, November 8th, Pitts Theology Library will sponsor a film screening of Healing the Healers, a series of documentary films about pastoral care for pastoral care providers, now available to current Emory students, faculty, and staff through the library catalog. The 30-minute highlight film will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, Kirsten Kelly, and several Candler faculty members. The screening and panel discussion will take place from 11am–1pm with lunch provided by Gusto Bowls for the first 60 registered. Location is TBD and will be sent to participants who register here.

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Upcoming Workshop: Tropy

Tropy is a free, open-source desktop application designed to help researchers organize and describe the photos they take in archives in intuitive and useful ways. It allows users to group photos of research materials, annotate images, add metadata, export to other applications, and easily search their collections.

In many humanities and social sciences departments, faculty both assign students to do primary-source research for class and also supervise advanced students writing theses or dissertations from primary sources. Part of the work of doing archival research is knowing what to do with it once you have it, and students seek out faculty to ask their advice on this problem.

This workshop is intended for those who teach students about archival research and historical methods; all are welcome. The workshop will be roughly two hours, and will introduce you to Tropy, both how it works and how to incorporate it into the classroom.

Workshop Leader:
Megan Brett, ABD
Digital History Associate
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
George Mason University

Register at

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: CST 360C

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