Have 15 minutes? Learn a new technology resource!

Pitts Theology Library offers a range of technology available to you for use in the library or for check out.  This semester we are offering 15-minute drop-in sessions on Tuesdays at noon to show you how to use some of these resources.  No advance registration is needed; meet at the reference desk at noon for that Tuesday’s session.  Our first session on September 2 will cover the online booking system for group studies in the library.  Our second session on September 9 will demonstrate how to use the 2 ad hoc media centers in the library.  The full schedule is viewable online.  If there is topic not listed to which you would like a quick introduction, or if there is an additional topic that you would like to propose as a future session, please let us know!

Welcome New Students

A warm welcome to all new Candler students! It was great to see you this morning at the Thinking Theologically session, and we look forward to seeing you all at the tours and library orientation sessions this week!

Pitts Library Tours- Virtual and In-Person

We hope you have had a chance to experience the Pitts Theology Library’s beautiful new space, in the new Candler School of Theology Building. If you have not, we invite you to come by for a tour. On our website, you can sign up for one of our in-person tours. Alternatively, you can tour the space virtually with our online tour, which guides you through the building. The tour is also available as  mobile app for your iOS or for your Android device. As always, if you have questions, you can contact a Reference Librarian.

Applications for Research Carrel Access Now Available

Pitts Theology Library now offers up to 15 spaces for advanced researchers interested in obtaining access to a research carrel on the 3rd floor of the library.  Applicants must fit one of the following categories:

  • Candler student working on a thesis or independent research project of their own
  • Emory PhD ABD student in any field writing a dissertation on a topic that draws heavily upon Pitts’ collections
  • Emeriti faculty with ongoing research needs that benefit from extensive use of Pitts’ collections
  • Visiting faculty using Pitts’ collections who have no on-campus office space allocated

Access includes a dedicated locker with a combination lock and access to one of nine research carrels in the Research Carrels room on the 3rd floor of the library.  The Research Carrels Room is available during any of the library’s open hours.  Carrel access is granted for a period up to one year, but can be for a semester or shorter period, depending on the research need; renewals may be applied for each August.

If you are interested in obtaining access to a research carrel and locker space, please review the room use policies and complete an online application.  If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Iwaskow at tracy.iwaskow@emory.edu or 404.727.1221.



Pitts Theology Library Moves Into Its New Space Beginning Monday, August 4

Pitts Theology Library has moved!  As of Monday, August 4, you can visit us in our new location in the Candler School of Theology building, adjacent to the Rita Anne Rollins Building.  Please read out blog post for a few important items to note about this move.

1.  You can make it to the library from three different directions, but there is only one entrance to the library, and it is located on the second floor.

  • From the Dickey Drive entrance to the Rita Anne Rollins Building, take the elevator to the second floor and walk down the hallway past room 252.  You will enter a lobby area, and the main entrance to Pitts Theology Library will be on your left.
  • From the walkway between Dickey Drive and the Emory Quadrangle, there is an entrance to the second floor of the building.  This entrance requires going up four steps; it is the most direct point of access to the library, and the external book drop is located along this sidewalk.
  • From the area adjacent to Rudolph Courtyard and the entrance of Brooks Commons, you can enter the Candler School of Theology Atrium.  From here, walk down the marble staircase in front of you.  The entrance to the library will be on your right at the bottom of the staircase.

2. Emory affiliates will need to present an Emory ID in order to gain access to the library.  Community visitors must show a photo ID and sign in at the circulation desk to be buzzed through.

3. We will offer tours of the spaces and resources available beginning Tuesday, August 5; please sign up for a tour time so that we can prepare appropriately for the number of people expected.

We look forward to sharing this space with you!

New Research Guides

Did you know that Pitts Theology Library offers guides to help you with your research on a range of subjects from Biblical Studies to Ministry? Research Guides are available here or by clicking on the Research Guides link on the library homepage.

Over the past year, librarians have created 12 new guides on a variety of topics, including Church Statements and Governance, Bioethics, and Religions in Atlanta. We have also enriched our offerings in Biblical Studies, with new guides on the Book of Acts, the Bible in English Translation, and Paul the Apostle, as well as tools like the Thesaurus Linguae Graeca and the Perseus Digital Library. You will also find helpful new guides on Reading/Editing Wikipedia, Audio Transcription, and Online Resources for Research.

Explore these great resources, and let us know if you have any questions! You can receive email alerts when new research guides are published, by signing up here.

Welcome Course of Study Students

We welcome all Course of Study students to Candler this July!  COS students are welcome to check out materials from Pitts while they are on campus this July, and reference librarians are available  for your research and ministry resource questions.  While the library will be moving during July, Pitts will remain open for study during its general summer hours of 7:30 AM – 5 PM as long as possible, and we are happy to seek out materials that may have moved for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk–call us at 404.727.4166 with your requests.  We do ask for up to a 48-hour turnaround in order to account for the re-shelving process, although we are pulling materials each weekday from their new homes. Please stop by and let us know how we can help!

Move update

As of July 6, all circulating general collections, all periodicals, and many reference materials have moved to their new locations in the Phase II building.  Until Pitts staff are also able to move to the new building and set up services there for you to browse and check out materials (the building must receive its permanent certification for occupancy before we can do so), we are happy to pull materials for you and make them available to you for check-out and/or to use in our current location (depending on your circulation privileges for the items selected).  Please give us a call at 404.727.4166 to place your requests in advance of your visit to the library; we ask for up to 48 hours to locate items, and we will notify you directly once the materials you’ve requested are available for use in Pitts.  Thank you for your understanding during this move– we are excited about showing you the new spaces once they are complete!

Independence Day Hours

Pitts Theology Library will be closed this Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open with our regular summer hours (7:30 AM – 5 PM) on Monday, July 7. Happy Independence Day!

Howard Thurman Audio Digitization and Transcription

In 2010, the Pitts Theology Library received a large gift of materials from the estate of the late Dr. Howard Thurman, the influential 20th-century author, preacher, educator, theologian, and philosopher, and longtime Dean of the Chapel at Boston University. Included in this wealth of materials are hundreds of cassette tapes and film reels. These materials capture recordings of Dr. Thurman’s weekly radio show, sermons delivered throughout his career, and interviews about this work, his theology, and his philosophy of education, many of which do not exist elsewhere. In 2013, the library embarked on a project to digitize and transcribe these materials, to make these resources available to students, researchers, and anyone with interest in Dr. Thurman’s work. This digitization project involves the use of open-source software (e.g. Audacity, Omeka, and Scripto), and support of Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship. In addition to the digitization work taking place here at Pitts, we are partnering with other institutions to crowdsource the transcription process, recruiting volunteers with interest in Thurman’s work to listen to the audio and produce searchable transcriptions, without having to be physically in the library. The Thurman project is not only providing access to materials for those with interest in Thurman’s work, but it is also helping Pitts explore what a theology library, its collections, and its volunteer base look like in the digital age. We hope to have a selection of the Thurman materials open to researchers soon. For questions about the project, the collection, or the future of digital work at the Pitts Theology Library, contact Bo Adams or ask a reference librarian at Pitts.