Summer Policy Updates

Pitts is proud to have remained open throughout this challenging academic year, thanks to our tremendous staff working to provide patrons the resources and support they need, safely and sustainably. We are excited to update our policies to make access to the library even easier, while reminding all of patrons to continue to adhere to public health guidance provided by Emory University ( Below are details about using Pitts this summer.

  • Beginning Monday, May 17th, Pitts will be open to eligible patrons Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm, for book pickup and as study space.
  • All visitors are still required to complete the Emory “Returning to Campus” onboarding process ( and must bring a valid Emory ID to enter.
  • Reservations are no longer required to use the library as study space.
  • Social distancing will be enforced through furniture arrangement, masks are required at all times, food and drink are not allowed, and the library will remain a silent study space.

In accordance with guidelines from Emory’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, the library’s stacks will remain closed to patron browsing. Patrons can make online requests for books or scans of chapters or articles, and the collections are open for virtual browsing through discoverE. Instructions for online requests can be found online (, where you will also find a webinar that will guide you through the process. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us online ( or via text (404.383.5916) with any questions you have about library hours, policies, or spaces.

Throughout this challenging year, Pitts has worked hard to balance the safety of staff and patrons with our mission to maximize the impact of our collections for teaching and research. We thank you for your support and patience, and we hope you will let us know how we’re doing.