Interlibrary Use Programs

The Emory libraries participate in the following interlibrary use (ILU) programs, which provide Emory researchers with in-house use and/or direct borrowing privileges at many academic and research libraries in the Atlanta/Athens area, North America and even overseas.

GETS Interlibrary Use Program

Through the GETS (Georgia-Emory-Tech-State) initiative, all you need is a valid Emory ID card to borrow circulating items from the following libraries:

ARCHE Interlibrary Use Program

Through the Interlibrary Use (ILU) Program of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE), Emory students, faculty, and staff can obtain limited direct borrowing privileges at other ARCHE member libraries. 

How to Apply for an ARCHE ILU Card

Apply in person at your Emory home library*. You will need your Emory ID.

*Emory College, Laney Graduate School and Goizueta Business School faculty, students and staff may apply at the Woodruff Library Reference/Service Desk. Other professional school faculty, students and staff may apply at their professional school library.

Interlibrary Use cards are issued for a specific ARCHE member library and are valid for a specific and limited period of time. Cards are not transferable and can only be issued to you by your Emory library. You may apply for an Interlibrary Use card whenever the need arises.

Each ARCHE library determines its own borrowing policies, which you are expected to observe. Each library determines how many books you may borrow, and for how long. Renewal of materials is handled directly by each lending library, according to its own policies.

Please note that the ARCHE Interlibrary Use program does not permit the use of another library's facilities for general study purposes.

Libraries at the following ARCHE member institutions accept Interlibrary Use (ILU) cards:

  • Agnes Scott College 
  • Atlanta University Center*
  • Brenau University
  • Clayton State University
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GETS--no ILU card needed)
  • Georgia State University (GETS--no ILU card needed)                                      
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Mercer University, Atlanta and Macon
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta                                 
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • University of Georgia (GETS--no ILU card needed)
  • University of West Georgia

*library serving Clark-Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Morehouse College & Spelman College

ARCHE Borrower Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for the good condition and timely return of all materials borrowed with your ARCHE Interlibrary Use card.
  • You may return materials borrowed from other ARCHE libraries directly to the lending library or via the ARCHE delivery van.
  • To allow time for transit back to the lending library, please bring books to be returned via the delivery van to the Woodruff Library Interlibrary Loan Office or Library Service Desk (2nd Floor), at least four days before the due date.
  • Note that the Emory Libraries are not responsible for any loss or damage to these materials en route, and that you are responsible for any overdue fines which may accrue on materials which are returned via the van delivery system.
  • The lending library will notify and bill you directly for any overdue, damaged, or lost books.
  • Please be sure to pay any fines, repair or replacement costs in a timely way. Failure to do so could result in suspension of your ILU privileges, transfer of the outstanding amount to your Emory Bursar's record, and/or suspension of your borrowing privileges at the Emory libraries.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

The Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program is sponsored by OCLC's Research Libraries Advisory Committee. Faculty of participating universities may borrow (in most cases) another library's materials under the auspices of this reciprocal agreement among many OCLC member libraries in the US and Canada. Each library, through its dean or director, makes the decision to participate in the program and they also decide what services they will offer visiting faculty.

OCLC Research Library Partnershp, SHARES On-Site Access Program

    On-site access privileges through the OCLC Research Library Partnership's SHARES program permit students, faculty, emeritus faculty, and academic and professional library staff of partner institutions to use the collections and services at other SHARES libraries.

Please note that this program allows you to enter a SHARES member library, many of which have restrictive access policies, and use library resources on-site; however, it usually does not confer borrowing (check-out) privileges.