Due to the covid-19 situation, policy changes are currently in effect. Please visit for updates.

Borrowing Privileges

Due to the covid-19 situation, borrowing privileges are only available for current Emory faculty, students, and staff who have been cleared to return to campus. 

Renewing materials

Current Emory faculty, students, and staff may renew materials before their due date by visiting discoverE, clicking "Sign in" at the top right of the page, and entering an Emory NetID and password. Affiliate users, please contact the Circulation Desk to inquire about renewing materials. 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.


For persons approved to be on campus, Pitts Theology Library books can be returned using the book return slot located outside the 2nd floor entrance/exit of the Rita Anne Rollins Building, nearest White Hall and the Chemistry building. For persons not approved to be on campus, contact the Pitts circulation team ( to explore other options for returning items back to the library.


Current Emory faculty, students, and staff who have been cleared to return to campus can recall books that have been checked out. To do this, follow the directions at 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 8 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.

Items that are overdue and recalled accrue both fines.

Reserve items returned after the first open library hour accrue fines at a rate of $1 per hour for each item.

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

Computers, electronics, and technology accessories accrue fines at a higher rate and and carry higher replacement costs. For a statement of technology lending policies and fines, visit the circulating technology page.

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.

Patrons are responsible for books that they have borrowed and may be charged for damage to books. Patrons should not dog-ear pages or stick any adhesive materials in library books. The library reserves the right to charge a lost book fee for highlighting, underlining or otherwise defacing library books, or for placing post-it notes or other adhesive markers in books.

Lost Items

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