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 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

Remainder of the chemistry collection is available by request from the Library Service Center storage facility. Most requests are filled within 24 hours, excluding weekends. For more about the LSC, please visit 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. A self check out machine is located in the hallway just left of the service desk. There you will also find a multifunction printer (copy/scan/print), finishing area, and computer workstation for accessing the library catalog, placing requests, etc.

Offering a wide selection of science journals, leisure reading, and new chemistry titles


Patrons may return any Emory Library book to the Science Commons library service desk or book drop. In addition, Emory faculty may have books from Library Service Center storage facility 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.

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. There are two seminar rooms that can be booked through 25Live. They are available as study areas if not reserved for a class or meeting. 

Lost and Found

If you lost an item in the Science Commons area, please visit our service desk to see if we might have it. If you lost an item elsewhere in the Atwood Chemistry building, check with us and visit the main office in room 380. Items may have been returned there, as well.

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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