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Ten Things for Graduate Students to Know About the Emory Libraries

Woodruff Library




1. Emory’s Libraries: The Robert W. Woodruff Library is one of five library buildings on Emory’s Atlanta campus. Resources for your work may also be housed in the Pitts Theology Library, the Macmillan Law Library, the Woodruff Health Sciences Library, and the Science Commons. Furthermore, the main Woodruff Library houses three libraries within itself: the Heilbrun Music and Media Library, the Goizueta Business Library, and Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (special collections). Our electronic catalog, discoverE, searches across all these libraries at once (discoverE HELP videos).

2. Graduate Student Loan Period: To support your research, grad students may checkout books for four months, barring recall by another Emory patron. You may renew your books online at the end of your loan period 10 times before you are asked to return them.

3. Subject Librarians:

4. Databases @ Emory: The Emory Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases to facilitate your research. You can search databases by name, browse them alphabetically, or use the drop-down subject groupings. Finally, you can access almost all of our databases when you are off-campus by logging in with your Emory NetID.

5. Workshops on Citation Management (and more!):

6. Interlibrary Loan: If you can't find the resources you need in our libraries, you can place an interlibrary loan or use direct borrowing privileges we have at many libraries in the Atlanta/Athens area and throughout North America.  With Emory’s Interlibrary Loan ILLiad system, you may place requests for books, articles, microfilm, and more. Turn-around time for loans averages 7-10 days although they are often much faster. Interlibrary loan is a free service for graduate students.

7. Library Computers and Laptop Loans: Hundreds of computers (large-screen Macs and dual-monitor PCs) with specialized software are available in the library's Learning Commons on floors 1, 2, 3, and 4. Laptops (both PC & MAC), ipads, adaptors, cameras, etc. are available for loan. (Check out the list of items and the terms on the Equipment guide) . Laptops and other devices can be checked out at the Music and Media Library on the Woodruff Library’s fourth floor.

8. Assigned Carrels: Graduate students can apply to use individual open-study carrels, which are found on floors 4-8 of the stacks tower. Each carrel has a number of bookshelves on which you may keep checked-out library books. Carrels are assigned for one year, and you may apply to renew your carrel at the end of that time. Get more information and apply on our website.

9. Places to be Productive: Quiet Study and Collaborative Spaces: Find quiet study space in the Matheson Reading Room and stacks tower floors 4, 5, and 8. For collaborative space try level 1/Peet's Coffee Shop or the library's group study rooms, which you can reserve online through the Student Digital Life Resource Scheduler

10. Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS): For advanced research and instructional support, ask about the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the 3rd floor of the Woodruff Library. Here you will find:

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