Request or Recall Materials

Locating items in the stacks

A map of the stack tower and a call number guide can be found here.

When you cannot find a book on the shelf, check the reshelving and overflow areas shown below. If you still cannot locate the item, please come to the Woodruff Library Service Desk for assistance.

Reshelving area (next to restrooms)

Overflow Shelves (on far left side along windows when facing stacks)

Recalling a checked out item

Patrons may recall items that are currently checked out to other patrons. Initiating a recall request will shorten the due date for the book to ten days from the date of the recall. Patrons who have placed recall requests will be notified once the book is returned.

To recall an item, log in to your account, look up the item in discoverE and then select the "Request" tab to place a recall.

Document Delivery

All Emory faculty and library staff are eligible for document delivery from the Emory Libraries. Eligible materials include journal articles and book chapters from the print collections in participating libraries.

  • Request through discoverE, using the “document delivery” tab.
  • Five articles per patron per business day.
  • Requests will be filled in one to four business days; extensive requests may require more processing time at the discretion of the holding library.
  • Fifty page limit per request.
  • Access articles via your ILL account.

Participating Libraries

  • Woodruff
  • Music and Media
  • Science Commons/Chemistry
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Oxford College
  • Theology

Questions? Please contact the Woodruff Interlibrary Loan office:

Request an Item from the Oxford Library

Patrons may request items from Oxford College. Requested items are usually sent within 2 to 5 business days. Please be aware that Oxford books that are currently checked out to another patron cannot be recalled.

To request an item from Oxford, log in to your account, look up the item in discoverE  and then select the "Request" tab to request an item from Oxford.

Request an item from the Library Service Center

Some of Emory's collections are located in the Library Service Center. Requested items usually take about 2 business day to arrive. To request an item from the Library Service Center, log in to your account, look up the item discoverE and click on the “Request Tab” to display the list of items held by the library.

In addition, current Emory faculty, staff, and students can request Georgia Tech items from the Library Service Center. Under the "Physical Resource" tab for a record, click on the "Request from Georgia Tech." Requested items usually take about 2 business days to arrive.

Visitors without Accounts

To view items housed in the Library Service Center, visitors who do not have an account with the library can request material to be brought to the Robert W. Woodruff Library through the form below.

If you are an Emory faculty, staff, or student or Emory affiliate with a library account, please log into discovere to request materials. All others please complete the materials request form.

Request a book for purchase

Want to recommend the library purchase a title that isn’t in the collection? Please complete a purchase request form.


Contact the Woodruff Library Service Desk.