Emory Alumni

What Can Emory Alumni Do at Pitts?

1. Visit the Library

2. Access Online Resources (including the ATLA Religion Database)

3. Borrow Books

4. Get Research Support from Reference Librarians

Alumni Online Database Access

All graduates of Emory University enjoy access to Emory University Alumni resources. Among these resources are those of great interest to Candler alums include 1) The Hermeneia Commentary Series online, 2) ATLASerials (ATLAS), a web-based collection of full-text religious and theological journals, and 3) Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO), a collection of Biblical texts and reference works from Oxford University Press.

To obtain access to these resources, you need only to register online with the Emory Alumni Association.

First, click “new user sign up” and enter your information.

new user

Enter your first and last name on the Registration – Lookup form. In the results, highlight the circle in front of your matching name and click "Next." If you do not see your name, contact support.


Once you’ve filled out that form, you will land on the below page and an email will be sent (to whatever email you entered), thanking you for filling out the form.


Then, a second email will be sent from a staff member in the Alumni Office confirming your registration and relaying your Alumni ID and password. If you do not receive both of these emails, please contact the Emory alumni office directly

EAA verification

Then, return to the Emory Alumni Library Resources page and click "Sign in to Access the Premium Resources Listed Below."


Confirm your profile information and click "Next" at the bottom of the page.


After these steps, you should see a list of the databases you can access as an alum. The key to remember is that you can only access these resources through the alumni page, as your alumni credentials will not work through the normal library page.

alumni databases

And remember, you can always access the Pitts Research Guides online.

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Alumni Borrowing Privileges

Alumni/ae of Emory University may acquire borrowing privileges by first registering with the Emory University Alumni Association and procuring an Alumni/ae ID card. Alums can visit the Emory card office (http://studentfinancials.emory.edu/emorycard.aspx) to procure or activate their alumni card. A library user account may be established at Pitts after this card has been procured and presented at the library. If alumni have a card from the Emory University Alumni Association that does not have a photo, alumni may be asked to show a government-issued photo id to verify identity. Borrowing policies for verified alumni are as follows: 

Renewing materials

You may view your account and renew materials before their due date by visiting discoverE and clicking "Affiliate Login." Please use your card number in both fields. To inquire about the possibility of renewing materials that are past due, please contact the Circulation Desk. Please note that the dates shown on your account are the dates materials are due; failure to receive a courtesy notice or overdue notice does not change the due date of the material or the fines that subsequently accrue.


Books may be returned at the Circulation Desk during library hours. A book drop located outside the second floor entrance to the library is also available 24 hours per day.  You may also return books at any other Emory library for return to Pitts; if you this, please allow 48 hours for books to be returned to Pitts and checked in.


Any registered patron may recall any checked out item from another patron through use of the blue Request button in the item’s online catalog record. When an item is recalled, the current user is given 10 days to return the item. The item is then held for the requesting patron for 10 days.


Overdue fines for recalled items accrue at a rate of $2 per day.

Regular overdue items accrue fines at a rate of $.50 per day.

The minimum fee for a lost book is $100. The replacement fee may be higher according to actual replacement cost of the item.

Please be aware that library accounts may be barred for failure to return recalled items by the recall due date. In addition, library accounts may become blocked due to an excessive number of overdue books or an excessive accumulation of bills on the account.

Lost Items

If you have lost a book or other library item, please contact the Circulation Desk.

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Research Support

Remember how great the Pitts Librarians were when you were a student at Emory? We can still help! Feel free to contact the Reference Librarians if you have questions about using the library, if you need some research support, or if you just want to say hello!

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