Accessing Alumni Library Resources

If you graduated from Candler School of Theology last spring, you might notice that resources you once used online at Pitts are no longer available via your old student NetID. But no worries! Emory alums can still count on Emory Libraries for research support and free resources as you embark on future degree programs and career opportunities.

Emory alums retain select library privileges licensed by Emory libraries, which can be accessed through the Emory Alumni Association. Get started by registering online with the Emory Alumni Association. Your Emory alumni account will be a gateway to premium information resources through EBSCOhost®, offering the latest full-text information in many areas of academic, business, and health-related fields to meet virtually any research need. Of particular interest to theology graduates are the Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the ATLA Database Access for Alumni, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and the Hermeneia Biblical Commentary Series. Find step-by-step instructions for registering and accessing these databases at pitts.emory.edu/alums. Learn about other resources, including borrowing privileges, special events, and more in the library’s on demand Alumni Access at Pitts Theology Library video!

 

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 http://pitts.emory.edu/policies. 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@emory.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 pitts.emory.edu/borrow 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. 

Library Privileges Post-Pitts!

Congratulations to all Candler and Emory graduates on behalf of the Pitts Theology Library staff! It’s been a joy to watch your academic journeys unfold in and outside of the library. Did you know that you can still count on Emory Libraries for research support and free resources as you leave campus and embark on future degree programs and career opportunities?

Emory alums retain select library privileges licensed by Emory libraries, which can be accessed through the Emory Alumni Association. Get started by registering online with the Emory Alumni Association. Your Emory alumni account will be a gateway to premium information resources through EBSCOhost®, offering the latest full-text information in many areas of academic, business, and health-related fields to meet virtually any research need. Of particular interest to theology graduates are the Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the ATLA Database Access for Alumni, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and the Hermeneia Biblical Commentary Series.

Learn about other resources, including borrowing privileges, special events, and more in the library’s on demand Alumni Access at Pitts Theology Library video

 

Using the Library from a Distance: Pitts Services, Research, and Resources during COVID-19

Today Pitts is excited to welcome Emory students, faculty, and staff back to the library with new policies and procedures in place to adhere to university–wide health guidelines. Find all the information you’ll need about new protocol at pitts.emory.edu/policies, and learn how to take advantage of the library’s resources from a safe distance distance with our video short series Pitts Services, Research, and Resources during COVID-19. Learn new methods for getting digital scans of physical items, reserving study space, requesting and checking out books, and more at pitts.emory.edu/fall2020!

Questions? Just ask via chat or email at pitts.emory.edu/ask! The library staff thanks its patrons in advance for their continued flexibility during this critical shift to distance learning.

 

Fall 2020 Policy Updates: Pitts Theology Library

Will the premier theological library in North America be open this Fall? Absolutely, and in several ways. First, of course, the library is always open to all patrons through its online research guides, reference support over email and live chat at pitts.emory.edu/ask, and the thousands of electronic resources available through the Pitts website. But this Fall, we are offering even more ways that Pitts can support your learning.

Study Space for Emory Faculty, Students and Staff
Beginning Monday August 24, the library will be open as study space for current Emory faculty, students, and staff, by reservation only. These patrons can reserve a specific seat in the library for studying. Reservations are available Mondays through Thursdays, from 9am to 4:30pm, at pitts.emory.edu/seats. Every 90 minutes, all patrons will be asked to leave the space to allow for the space to rest. The library will also make available copying, scanning, and printing services, both inside the library with a reservation as well as outside of the library on a first come, first served basis. Stay tuned at pitts.emory.edu/remotelearning for more updates about what spaces will be available and how to make reservations.

Checking Out Books
Will you be able to check out books? Absolutely! While our book stacks will be accessible to staff only, starting Monday, August 24, current Emory faculty, students, and staff will have the ability to request books from the Pitts circulating collection, and those books will be available for pickup at the library entrance. Make your requests online through the library catalog, and you will receive an email when the books are ready for you to pick up. For detailed instructions, visit pitts.emory.edu/requests. You may even get a free Pitts bag in the process!

Special Collections
What about access to Pitts’ rare books and archives? While we are doing on-demand digitization of these materials for many patrons, if that is not sufficient for your research needs, current Emory faculty, students, and staff can make reservations to view materials in the Special Collections Reading Room, Tuesday through Friday, 10am-2pm. For details and to make a reservation, visit pitts.emory.edu/collections.

Alumni and Affiliates
At this time, access to the physical space and the physical collections is only available to current Emory faculty, students, and staff. This means that currently our Emory alumni users will be limited to the resources licensed for alumni use (see pitts.emory.edu/alums), and our affiliate users will have to wait until Emory deems it safe to reopen the campus to visitors.

Online Learning and Events
All patrons are invited to participate in several online learning opportunities this Fall. We will continue our tradition of Weekly Workshops, instructional sessions from our librarians aimed to equip all patrons with the skills and tools for research and learning in theology and religious studies. For the schedule of workshops, and to register, visit pitts.emory.edu/fall2020workshops.

This year we are also launching the Kessler Conversations, a new program focused on our world-renowned Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. These 30-45-minute interviews with leading reformation scholars will trace topics that face contemporary communities back to the 16th century. This Fall, we will have 3 Kessler Conversations, at noon on the first Wednesday of September, October, and November, focused on the topic of disease, healing and pastoral care. To learn more and to register for these free events, visit pitts.emory.edu/kesslerconversations.

The incredible resources of Pitts Theology Library comprise an integral part of the Candler and Emory experience, and we look forward to supporting your learning this Fall, even if the way we do it is a little different!

Interested in learning how to use the services and resources of Pitts during COVID-19? Check out the series of short webinars in the coming weeks at pitts.emory.edu/fall2020.