Library Hours & Services: January Term 2021

The Winter Intercession has come to a close and the staff at Pitts are back to assist Emory students, faculty, and staff during the upcoming semester! January term courses at Candler start January 4th, and run through Friday January 22nd. Pitts Theology Library will continue its modified services and hours from the fall, which include study space by reservation, electronic document delivery, and book request/retrieval. The building will be open to Emory faculty, students, and staff only on Monday–Thursday from 9am–4:30pm.

Questions? Chat or email librarians at!

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!