Science Commons

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A branch of the Woodruff Library, the library in the Science Commons offers materials and services to the nearby science departments. We are located within the Science Commons atrium on Level 2 of the Atwood Chemistry Center addition.

The library is available only to Emory faculty, students, and staff during regular building hours Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm. The Science Commons Library Service Desk is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The building and service desk are closed on weekends. After hours card access is available to Chemistry graduate students and faculty only.

About Us

For many decades, the Chemistry Department housed a specialized Chemistry Library. With the opening in 2015 of the Atwood Chemistry Center addition, David Lynn the Chemistry Department Chair created a new mission for the library: “This new chemistry center was designed to serve as the hub of Emory's growing Science Commons…New science is emerging at the interface between disciplines as well as within them, and as a liberal arts institution we want to forge those connections throughout our campus community. We've created the space as a catalyst.” Therefore the collection includes not only chemistry journals and books, but expands the scope. Today, Emory faculty, staff, and students will find on the shelves:

• Current journals in chemistry, physics, math, computer science, and environmental sciences
• Popular science magazines
• A leisure reading collection of fiction and non-fiction
• Current chemistry texts and core chemistry titles (The remainder of the chemistry collection is available by request from the storage library. Most requests are filled within 24 hours, excluding weekends. Chemistry Reserves and storage requests are also available at the library service desk.)

The collection may be checked out at the library service desk using your Emory card. For after hours checkouts please see instructions at the service desk.


All Emory patrons may return any Emory Library books to the Science Commons library service desk or book drop. In addition, Emory faculty may have books from storage and other Emory Libraries delivered to the Science Commons library service desk for pick-up. Please return CDs and DVDs to the Music & Media service desk in the Woodruff Library.

In addition, the Atrium includes seven study carrels and plenty of comfortable seating. The open study area has tables and white boards. Dry erase markers and erasers are available at the service desk. Two seminar rooms are also available as study areas when not in use. They can be booked through 25Live.

Contact Us

Reach the Science Commons Service Desk at 404-727-6618 or The Chemistry Librarian is Chris Doty and the Science Commons supervisor is Oliver Smith.

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