Emory University, in partnership with Georgia Tech, has built a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled service facility known as the Library Service Center (LSC) that is open to students, faculty, and staff from both universities. Georgia Tech operates the Library Service Center. About 95 percent of Georgia Tech’s physical collection is moving to the building beginning in Spring 2016.
The building is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for Georgia Tech-observed holidays. Users planning a visit are asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-894-4500 to ensure staff will be available to address concerns.
Parking is free during business hours. The LSC is located on Emory University’s Briarcliff property at 1260 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.
This partnership creates a seamless collection of shared Emory and Georgia Tech resources, with an emphasis on providing the best possible service and access to these materials with a focus on user needs.
Benefits for Emory Library Users
- The Library Service Center provides a single off-site location for collections from all Emory libraries.
- Expanded electronic access offers faster and more efficient service, while enhanced preservation and security provisions provide better protection for the collections.
- A reading room at the Library Service Center allows users to consult materials onsite so that they can make more precise selections of materials to be delivered to a campus library for use.
- There is no reduction in the current level of service to Emory library users. In fact, service for materials housed at the Library Service Center are enhanced and expanded as noted above.
Using the Library Service Center
Students, faculty, and staff from Emory can request items through discoverE. Articles and chapters will be digitized and made available in electronic format as permitted by copyright. Book requests are delivered to campus twice a day.
Items in the Library Service Center are stored by size on 32-foot high-shelves, so browsing is not possible in the collection.
Librarians are currently working on a virtual browsing solution. It’s still in the planning stages, but will offer a similar, serendipitous experience to finding a valuable new book accidentally.
Virtual browsing will also let users see books from Emory’s collection and Georgia Tech's eBook collections including millions of volumes that have been digitized in HathiTrust.