Annual Pitts Book Tree 2022

It is time again for one of Candler School of Theology’s best traditions: The Pitts Theology Library book tree! Since 2015, the library has been building bigger and bigger creations from books that will be available at our Spring book sale. This year’s is our largest ever, built over the course of a few hours by Pitts staff. We hope you will check out the timelapse video below of the construction, and then come to the library and see the real deal (

Remember that all of these books, and many hundred others, will be available at our annual book sale, which will be in the library on February 28th and March 1st. All details about the sale can be found at

Pitts Winter Intercession Hours

Tomorrow final exams for the Fall 2021 come to a close—and with a semester’s worth of hard work comes a well deserved break! Starting Wednesday, December 15th, Pitts enters its shortened winter intercession hours:

  • December 14–17: 7:30am–5pm
  • December 18–19: Closed
  • December 20–23: 7:30am–5pm
  • December 24–January 3, 2022: Closed

Find full listings of open hours and closings at Happy Holidays from Pitts Theology Library!

MLK Jr. Day 2021 Closings and Resources

Monday, January 18 is the 35th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Pitts Theology Library will be closed for the federal holiday and resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 19th. 

In recognition of MLK Jr. Day, Pitts draws attention to some exceptional holdings in its Claude H. Thompson archival collection. Professor Thompson was a member of the faculty of the Candler School of Theology teaching Systematic Theology from 1951 to 1971, and during his career he maintained correspondence with Dr. King regarding elections, the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and the 1960 Greyhound Lines incident in Jacksonville, Florida. We invite you to read about Prof. Thompson and these fascinating exchanges while the library is closed for the federal holiday! In addition, check out high resolution scans of the letters online!

Pitts Holiday Updates

The holiday season is upon us, and Pitts Theology Library will be modifying its services and hours as the campus quiets down for the winter recess. Please find updates below, and don’t hesitate to contact with questions or concerns!

Library Access
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation and recommendations from health professionals, Pitts will continue to operate under its new request and retrieval model. This means that patrons will not have physical access to the library space, but all Emory patrons (faculty, student, and staff) can make requests for circulating books through discoverE. Those items will be pulled by Pitts staff, held at the circulation desk, and patrons can come and pick up their materials at the entrance to the library. The library is closed as study space for patrons during the winter intercession. 

Library Hours
December 14–17: 9am-4:30pm
December 18–20: Closed
December 21–23: 9am-4:30pm
December 24–January 3: Closed

Special Collections
The Special Collections Reading Room is closed to researchers during the winter intercession (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 3, 2021). Digitization requests will be completed as time and limited staffing allows. 

Reference & Instruction
Librarians will still provide remote reference services during the hours in which the library is open (see above). Live chat support will be available Monday–Friday from 10am–2pm. Zoom research consultations can be scheduled as availability allows at

During the recess, Pitts encourages Candler students, faculty, and staff to use the many online resources available to them.

Video Tutorial: Using Online Reference Materials
Video Tutorial: Finding eBooks
Video Tutorial: Finding Articles

Electronic Document Delivery
Electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters from any of Pitts Theology Library’s print collections can be requested by current Emory University students, faculty, and staff at no charge. This service does not apply to resources available full-text online. This service is designed for the delivery of SINGLE copies of items, and is not a photocopy service. 

Find instructions for placing an Electronic Document Delivery request here.

Holiday Book Tree
Former Head of Research & Access Services, Sarah Bogue, led a whole team of Pitts staff to construct the largest book tree since the tradition’s inception several years ago! During this period of remote learning and limited building access, other members of the Pitts team chipped in to give this year’s book tree a virtual presence in a variety of capacities. Visit to see a reel of step-by-step pictures, a 3D model, and a virtual tour of the structure that stands over 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide!

On behalf of the Pitts staff, we wish all a safe and pleasant holiday!