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Digitization and Digital Curation: How to Access Digital Versions

Access to Digital Editions of Books

Access to free PDFs is available in DiscoverE, the library's discovery tool.  Use the search terms "Emory Digital Library" to find content.

Pull up the detailed record display, right click on the "PDF Version" link, and save the pdf to your computer.  It can then be opened using Acrobat Reader outside of the web browser. 

Note that there are still a few issues regarding browser-comptability with Adobe software.  So it is best for users to save files to their own workstations, where they can open files with their own instance of Adobe Reader (or Preview in Mac OS).

Audiovisual Resources

Digital versions of many of the audiovisual resources from MARBL and Emory University Archival Collections are available for viewing at a kiosk in the MARBL reading room.  To find out what is available, search through MARBL's finding aids database.  Many of the 20th and 21st Century collections contain a series for "Audiovisual Materials."   If you see an indication in the finding aid that the item has been digitized, then it should be available for viewing on-site.

Example of digitized audio from Alice Walker finding aid

Downloading and Using Emory Digital Editions

Most digital editions are available for reading and downloading on a variety of operating systems, as well as on many handheld devices.  Please see the following guide for options:

HathiTrust/Internet Archive/Redux

Many of our digital text and image collections are currently available via


Internet Archive (Atlanta City Directories, Methodism Conference Documents, etc)

Readux (African American Imprints, Methodist Collection, Yellowbacks Popular Fiction, Baedecker Travel Guides, etc)