Emory Libraries enhance services and spaces for Spring 2021

Emory Libraries remain committed to supporting library users by offering innovative access to library collections and services, and library spaces in alignment with guidelines prescribed by Emory Forward to ensure a safe learning environment. New services this Spring include a Ship to Home pilot for students engaged in remote learning, and self-service outdoor library lockers providing no-contact pickup of requested library materials 24 hours per day, 7 days per week on the Main Emory Campus. Please see below for additional information on enhanced services and access to library spaces during Spring 2021:

Library Services

Virtual research consultations: Partner with an Emory Subject Librarian by scheduling a virtual research consultation to get your next research project off to a great start.

Photo of new Woodruff Library Outdoor Hold Lockers.

New for Spring 2021: outdoor hold lockers are located under the Candler/Woodruff bridge.

No-contact pickup of scholarly sources: Request library materials via discoverE for no-contact pickup! Currently enrolled Emory students, staff and faculty may choose from the following Library to Go pickup options on the Main Emory Campus:

  1. Woodruff Library Outdoor Hold Lockers: Library users that have completed the Spring 2021 Onboarding process may request pickup of requested library materials from the Robert W. Woodruff Library Hold Lockers. The self-service locker kiosk allows patrons to check out Woodruff Library items they have placed on hold in a convenient, contact free method, with 24/7 outdoor access. No appointment required. Please reference the Locker FAQ for additional details.
  2. Grab and Go Pickup from the Woodruff Library Entrance Desk: Library users that have completed the Spring 2021 Onboarding process may request pickup of requested library materials from the Entrance Desk of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Pickup appointments are available 7 days per week.
  3. Curbside Pickup from the Woodruff Library Loading Dock: Currently enrolled Emory students, staff and faculty may request curbside delivery of requested library materials from the library loading dock. Curbside pickup appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10 am – 4 pm.

Ship to home services available for students and faculty engaged in remote teaching and learning outside of the Atlanta-metro area: Emory students and faculty engaged in remote teaching and learning may register for Ship to Home delivery of items from the Woodruff Library collections. The Spring 2021 pilot program is limited to domestic shipment of materials at this time. Advance registration required.

Interlibrary loan of requested materials from outside the Emory Libraries system: Submit requests electronically via the ILLiad interlibrary loan system. If you have any questions about how ILL can support your research, please contact mainill [at] emory [dot] edu or 404-727-6874.

Library Spaces

Make a reservation: During the spring 2021 semester, physical access to university libraries is by appointment and limited to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff that have completed the Spring 2021 Onboarding process. A valid Emory ID Card is required to enter the buildings. Please reference the Emory Forward website for updated University guidelines and current operating status.

Before you visit the library, remember to check the library’s hours: Due to the university’s COVID-19 restrictions, operational hours will be limited. Be sure to check library hours before you visit.

Study spaces are open with lower maximum capacity: To ensure physical distancing, group study rooms have a lower maximum capacity. Most study rooms have a maximum set capacity of one person, while some study rooms allow for four people. (There is clear signage posted outside of each study room indicating the maximum capacity.) Appointments are required.

Mask up and no food, please: A face covering is required inside all libraries at all times (even in study rooms, as these spaces are shared by many). Because face coverings are required in library spaces, please eat snacks and meals outdoors. Beverages are permitted, so long as you remove your mask only while drinking.

Maintain physical distancing: Library furniture has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Please keep a distance of 6 feet from others at all times.


Library staff are standing by to answer your questions. Connect with us via

Text: 404-994-3366

Chat: https://emory.libanswers.com/

Email: ask [at] emory [dot] libanswers [dot] com

Phone: 404-727-6873

Or search our database of frequently asked questions at Ask a Librarian.

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