Journeys of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), a Trappist monk and influential Catholic writer, was born 100 years ago, on January 31, 1915. Pitts Theology Library is marking the occasion by opening an exhibit celebrating the life and literary achievement of Merton. The exhibit, entitled “Journeys of Thomas Merton,” will both tell the story of Merton’s life and demonstrate the breadth and depth of his many interests.  Curated by Dr. Denise Hanusek, “Journeys of Thomas Merton” will run from March 9 – May 15, 2015 and will be open to the public during regular library hours. Tours will be offered bi-weekly on Friday afternoons as well. To register for a tour, please click here.
On Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, all are invited to an Evening with Friends program on Thomas Merton, with a lecture by Dr. Phillip M. Thompson. Please register here.
Journeys of Thomas Merton Poster
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Book Sale

The Pitts Theology Library Book Sale is coming up on Tuesday, March 24 from 9 AM – 3 PM. We are selling hundreds of great books for as little as $1, in the Theology Plaza. You will find excellent titles in biblical studies, theology, church history, arts of ministry, ethics, literature, and more.  For more information, please contact Rebekah Bedard at rebekah [dot] bedard [at] emory [dot] edu or 404-727-5094. We look forward to seeing you there!




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Hymnody Exhibit & Sacred Harp

With over 15,000 items, Pitts Theology Library holds the largest collection of early hymns and psalms in North America aside from the Library of Congress. This month, visitors will have a variety of opportunities to view these rare musical materials first-hand. Until February 15, the library will offer an exhibition curated by Dr. Stephen Crist (Department of Music, Emory College) with contributions from Dr. Bo Adams and Jesse Karlsberg: “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: Rare Musical Materials in Pitts Theology Library.” The gallery is open during regular library hours and tours are offered on Friday afternoons. All are invited to sign up here.

On Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, all are invited to the annual Sacred Harp Sing at Emory at Cannon Chapel. Tours of the exhibit will be offered at 12:30 and 3:00 pm that day. Please register here.

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Library Survey: Let us know what you think!

The Pitts Theology Library is currently conducting its annual patron survey. This is your opportunity to let us know what you think about the facilities, collections, and services offered at the Pitts Theology Library. The results of this survey are helpful for the planning of future programming and offerings. Survey submissions are confidential, and the survey should only take a few minutes of your time. Thank you for your feedback!

Please follow this link to complete the survey:

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Free Bibleworks Seminar

Jim Barr of BibleWorks will be here on Wednesday, January 21st, from 10:30am to 12:00pm to teach a workshop on the use of BibleWorks, Biblical exegesis software installed on library computers. The workshop is free, and it is free and open to all persons Emory and non-Emory. There is no assumption of knowledge, and the library will provide laptops loaded with Bibleworks if you do not have it. Details are below, along with a link to register (registration is not required, but preferred). If you have any questions, please contact a reference librarian.


Free BibleWorks Workshop

Wednesday, January 21, 10:30am-12:00pm

Rita Ann Rollins Building, Room 421

Click here to register for the BibleWorks Workshop.

Jim Barr of BibleWorks will be here to conduct a free training session on BibleWorks, advanced software for Biblical exegesis. If you are a user of the tool, or if you are just interested in what it can do, please join us for this 90-minute session. BibleWorks is not requird, and the Pitts library will make available laptops with BibleWorks installed. Registration for this workshop (link above) is not required, but it is preferred.


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Martin Luther King Day

Pitts Theology Library will be closed this weekend for Martin Luther King Day. The library will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 16 and will re-open at 7:30 am on Tuesday, January 20. A full list of library hours is available here.

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Spring Term Hours

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a restful winter break. Spring term begins on Monday, January 12. During spring term, regular library hours will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday        7:30 am – 9 pm
Friday                                      7:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday                                10 am – 5 pm
Sunday                                   2 pm – 8 pm

For a full list of library hours, click here.

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Wednesday Workshops

Would you like to learn about tools and resources that can improve your research and help you save time? Sign up here for a Wednesday Workshop! All workshops take place in the large group study rooms on the 3rd floor of Pitts Theology Library. Lunch is provided to the first 12 registrants.

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Exhibit Tours

This semester we are delighted to offer two exhibits: “Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs: Rare Musical Materials at Pitts Theology Library” and “Journeys of Thomas Merton.” All are welcome to explore these exhibits in the third-floor gallery and to join us for a tour. Tour groups meet at the library entrance. Please register at the links below:

Rare Musical Materials 

Journeys of Thomas Merton

If you have any questions about exhibit tours, please contact Rebekah Bedard at 404-727-5094.

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J Term Hours

Happy New Year! The January Term begins this Friday, January 2 and runs until Sunday, January 11. During J Term, the library will be open from 7:30 am – 5 pm on Fridays, and from 7:30 am – 9 pm Monday through Thursday. The library will be closed on weekends.

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