Alumni and the Library

As you prepare for graduation, you can count on many of the same great library services as alumni, which you’ve come to expect as a student.  As Emory alumni, you will always have access to the library.  You only need to update your record at the Library Service Desk, then you can continue to check out books and, when in the Woodruff Library, anyone at the desk can log you into a computer so that you can access databases and online journals.

You can finally toss that tired, worn Emory card and replace it with a new Alumni ID Card to provide access to the Woodruff Library building, which you know also includes the Music & Media Library, and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library . For other Emory libraries, please contact them directly for alumni privileges.

If you are moving and will no longer be in Atlanta, you will still have privileges. You can continue to count on Subject Librarians for assistance via phone, email, or chat. Also, the Emory Alumni Association provides access to several of the popular databases.  These are available as a perk from the EAA’s Benefits & Services web site.  These multidisciplinary databases include newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journal articles in sciences and social sciences and more specific databases in public health, environmental studies, nursing, business, religion, and sociology. You’ll find them perfect for keeping current in your profession, great for consumer issues, and for financial news.

Just a few services, such as full-text access to all of the library’s licensed electronic resources off-campus and interlibrary loan, are not available to alumni.  Fortunately, there are some alternative options.  As mentioned above, the EAA provides access to several of the databases, including the latest full-text information in many areas of academic, business and health-related fields. Your local public library can offer you interlibrary loan, as well as many online article databases, genealogy research, and other research tools via GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online), if you plan to stay in metro-Atlanta or Georgia.  You can also use a new free tool, Unpaywall, that links you legally to free scholarly journals from open access journals and university repositories, including OpenEmory.

Contrary to that phishing spam in your inbox, the library does NOT email you and ask for your personal information. We prefer to do this in person to protect your privacy and safety. If you have any concerns or questions, please either call or email the Library Service Desk at 404-727-6873 or servicedesk [at] mail [dot] library [dot] emory [dot] edu.

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