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.  When in the Woodruff Library, anyone at the desk can log you into a computer so that you can have expanded access to databases and online journals.

If you are staying in town, you can finally toss that tired, worn Emory card and replace it with a new Alumni ID Card to provide easy 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 away from metro-Atlanta, you will still have many library privileges. You can continue to count on Subject Librarians for assistance via phone, email, or chat. The Emory Alumni Association (EAA) provides access to several of the popular databases.  In fact, we are happy to announce 2 new key research tools, Project Muse journals and Adam Matthews primary sources, which you likely used while during your time at Emory is now accessible to our alumni.  You also have access to two librarian favorites, Academic Search and Business Source –  multidisciplinary databases that include newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Your EAA benefits include access to specific databases in nursing, business, religion, and sociology. You’ll find all of these databases combined are perfect for keeping current in your profession, great for consumer issues, and for financial news.

Just a few Emory library services are not available to alumni, such as off-campus, full-text access to all of the library’s licensed resources and interlibrary loan.  Fortunately, there are some alternative options.  As mentioned above, the EAA provides access to several of the databases. Your local public library can offer you interlibrary loan, as well as many online article databases, genealogy tools, and popular e-books. If you plan to stay in metro-Atlanta or Georgia you will have access to many research databases via GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online).  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.

Your security and privacy are important to us. The library does NOT email you and ask for your personal information. We prefer to do this in person to protect your privacy. Therefore, ignore any phishing spam in your inbox that implies otherwise. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to call or email the Library Service Desk at 404-727-6873 or servicedesk [at] mail [dot] library [dot] emory [dot] edu.

We want to recognize the students that requested in the 2017 library survey that we work with the EAA to expand your access to online library research databases. You spoke and we listened.  If you don’t see your favorite database yet, know that we are regularly meeting with publishers and annually adding to the EAA list of resources.

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