Woodruff Library welcomes all non-Emory visitors. Please sign in at the security desk with a picture ID for library access.

Plan your visit:

Robert W. Woodruff Library building hours


Borrowing privileges

Students and faculty with a valid university ID from:

  • Georgia State
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Georgia

can set up account at the Library Service Desk when your home library is open. Borrowing privileges are conditional on approval from your library.

Students and faculty from these schools need a current Interlibrary Use (ILU) card from their library to create a library account.

Users from both groups listed above may borrow a total of 25 items from the Woodruff Library, Pitts Theology Library, Music & Media Library (books and scores only - audio/visual media may not be borrowed), and the Chemistry Library.

Student from colleges and universities outside of Atlanta should email us for information about borrowing privileges.

Purchasing Borrowing Privileges

If you do not qualify for borrowing privileges, they can be purchased at the Library Service Desk. You must be 18 or older. The cost is $75 for six months or $100 for one year. You may borrow a total of 50 items from the Woodruff Library, Pitts Theology Library, Music & Media Library, and the Chemistry Library. Privileges are not transferrable. Unfortunately, group borrowing privileges are not available.


There are two Express Service computer workstations on the main floor of the library (Level 2) that do not require a password and are available to guests. There is a 30 minute time limit on these computers when others are waiting.

Guest Access to Wireless Service
EmoryGuest access is provided for official guests of Emory University who have not been granted a Network ID and password for access to the Internet. Users must have an active wireless card that is set up to detect new networks and should select the EmoryGuest network from the list of the available networks.

Restrictions on EmoryGuest Access
The EmoryGuest wireless network users are automatically logged off after 4 hours and do not have full bandwidth or privileges that extend to the EmoryUnplugged users. Also, they do not have access to some of Emory University's electronic resources, such as Library database subscriptions that are restricted to Emory University faculty, staff, and students.

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**Note that these visitor policies are for Woodruff Library. Check directly with other Emory libraries regarding their visitor policies, as they may differ considerably.