Using Other Academic Libraries
The Emory libraries participate in the following interlibrary use (ILU) programs, which provide Emory researchers with on-site use and/or direct borrowing privileges at many libraries in the Atlanta/Athens area and throughout North America:
- GETS Interlibrary Use Program (local)
- ARCHE Interlibrary Use Program (local)
- OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (US and Canada)
- OCLC Resarch Library Partnership, SHARES On-Site Access Program (US and Canada)
Through the GETS initiative, all you need is a valid Emory ID card to borrow circulating items from the following libraries:
Through the Interlibrary Use (ILU) Program of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE), Emory students, faculty, and staff may be granted limited direct borrowing privileges at other ARCHE libraries (see list below).
How to Apply for an ARCHE ILU Card
Apply in person at an Emory library. You will need a Emory ID.
Emory College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Goizueta Business School faculty, students and staff apply at the Woodruff Library Reference/Information Desk.
Other professional school faculty, students, and staff must apply at their professional school library.
ARCHE Interlibrary Use cards are issued for a specific library and are valid for a specific, limited period of time. Cards are not transferable and can only be issued to you by your Emory library. You may apply for an Interlibrary Use card whenever the need arises.
Each ARCHE library determines its own borrowing regulations, which you are expected to observe. Each library determines how many books you may borrow, and for how long. Renewal of materials is handled directly by each lending library, according to its own policies.
ARCHE Institutions that Accept Interlibrary Use (ILU) Cards:
- Agnes Scott College
- Brenau University
- Clark Atlanta University
- Clayton State University
- Columbia Theological Seminary
- Emory University
- Georgia Gwinnett College
- Georgia Institute of Technology (See GETS program above)
- Georgia State University (See GETS program above)
- Interdenominational Theological Center
- Kennesaw State University
- Mercer University, Atlanta
- Morehouse College
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- Oglethorpe University
- Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta
- Southern Polytechnic State University
- Spelman College
- University of Georgia (See GETS program above)
- University of West Georgia
You are responsible for the good condition and prompt return of all materials you borrow with your ARCHE Interlibrary Use card.
You may return materials borrowed from other ARCHE libraries directly to the lending library or through the ARCHE van delivery system. Books returned via the van delivery system must be brought to the General Libraries Interlibrary Loan Office or Reference Desk (2nd Floor, Woodruff Library) at least four days before the due date. The General Libraries are not responsible for any loss or damage to these materials en route, and the user is responsible for any overdue fines which may accrue on materials which are returned via the van delivery system.
You will be fined directly by the lending library for any overdue, damaged, or lost books. Failure to pay fines, or other abuse of Interlibrary Use privileges may result in suspension of those privileges, transfer of outstanding fines to your Emory Bursar's record, and/or suspension of your borrowing privileges at the Emory libraries.
Note: The ARCHE interlibrary use program does not permit the use of another ARCHE library's facilities for general study purposes.
The Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program is sponsored by OCLC's Research Libraries Advisory Committee. Faculty of participating universities may borrow (in most cases) another library's materials because of this reciprocal agreement between the university's libraries. Each library, through its dean or director, makes the decision to participate in the program and they also decide what services they will offer visiting faculty.
On-site access privileges through the OCLC Research Library Partnership's SHARES program permit faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic and professional library staff of partner institutions to use the collections and services at other SHARES libraries. Please note that this program provides for in-library use of library resources, but usually not for borrowing privileges.