Accessing Pitts Theology Library, Fall 2021

As we begin the Fall semester at Emory University, the staff of Pitts Theology Library is excited to welcome more people into the building and provide greater access to the library’s resources. However, we continue to balance this desire for access with the challenging and changing public health situation. Below is a summary of our access policies for the Fall. For full details, visit NOTE: All patrons are required to wear masks at all times, and food and drink are prohibited in the library. If you have questions or concerns about accessing the library, please contact Bo Adams, Director of Pitts Theology Library, at rmadams [at] emory [dot] edu.

Access for Faculty, Students, and Staff of Emory University

The Pitts Theology Library building is open to all patrons with a valid Emory ID, which includes all current faculty, students, and staff of the University who are in compliance with Emory’s Covid policies. For these patrons, a valid Emory ID is required to access the library, through the library’s entrance turnstile. For those with a valid Emory ID, the library will be open shortened summer hours until we change to full, regular semester hours starting on Wednesday, August 25th.

Access for Those without a Valid Emory ID

Visiting researchers whose work demands access to Pitts’ collections may access the library by making a reservation, which must be approved by library administration. Reservations are available Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm, for up to 3 hours. When making a reservation, patrons will be asked to describe their need for access. All those whose reservations are approved can check in at the time of their reservation. By entering the library, visitors agree to adhere to the Emory University Visitor Policy as well as Pitts’ building use policies.

Access to Special Collections

Researchers (Emory or visiting) who need access to Special Collections materials and the Special Collections Reading Room should make a reservation with Special Collections, which is available Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm.

Circulation Policies

All circulation policies and procedures have returned to pre-Covid norms. Please visit for full details.

We are excited to welcome you into the library, but we ask that you follow all policies and protocols to maintain a safe and sustainable research environment. 

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