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: genill@mail.

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 storage

Some of the library collections are located in the storage library. Requested storage items usually take about 1 business day to arrive.  Scans of articles from journals in the storage library are typically sent to your email in one business day.

To request an item from storage, 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. To request an article, click on the “Locations/Call Number” tab  "Storage Article" link.

*Note that you must be registered in ILLiad for storage article requests to be processed.

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.