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WHSC Library COVID-19 Remote Services & Contingency Plans for Users

Remote Research Services

Emory Library buildings are closed to both Emory and non-Emory patrons until further notice.  We are providing virtual services, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm.

Please contact Ask a Librarian with any questions related to research support. Our team of Informationists is here to assist you. All queries will be routed to the appropriate person who will then respond to your questions or set up a consultation via Zoom. You can also reach out to individual informationists and librarians via email. See our library directory.

Library Instruction

We are still offering our library-sponsored workshops via Zoom. Please refer to our workshop calendar.

To request library instruction to support a specific class or assignment, please send a message to Ask a Librarian. 

Online Teaching Resources

Course Reserves

Online Course Reserves enable instructors to make course materials readily available to their students.  Upload links and scans, and place requests through the course reserves online system. You can also send requests to Ask a Librarian Our informationists can assist you in finding online versions of physical books or replacement readings. We currently have limited availability to scan physical documents from our library collection.

Remote access to textbooks and assigned readings 

The rapidly changing environment has meant that some of our students have found themselves without their textbooks and course materials as Emory transitions to remote teaching and learning. We have options for faculty and students to access textbooks and other learning materials needed to successfully complete the semester. Options for Emory students who no longer have their textbooks

Copyright Considerations

Staff members and librarians at Emory Libraries are working hard to support instructors’ needs for resources and information as they rapidly shift to an online teaching environment.
Information presented here is meant to proactively address questions concerning copyright and teaching online.


Canvas and Canvas support, and workshops including Canvas Essentials for Remote Teaching, remain available. Visit Canvas Support for more information.

Online Materials and Tools

The Emory Libraries have many digital materials available for you, and we provide guidance on how to more easily connect from off-campus and developed instructions on browser plugins available to the Emory community that make it easier to identify Emory digital resources.


You can still access Emory's rich array of research databases while you are teaching remotely. In addition to our most frequently used health science databases, Emory Libraries licenses over 1,000 databases to support teaching and research. Use Databases@Emory to search for a relevant database by title, subject or database type. Many of our databases contain full-text journal content and include our FindIt@Emory icon that links to full-text.


The eJournals A-Z list provides a list of all electronic journals licensed by Emory Libraries. To access the full content of many of our subscribed and licensed journals, you will need to authenticate as an Emory user using your netID and password. Either go through the A-Z page, or use the Emory proxy resolver bookmarklet (2nd box down) to reload the webpage.

LibKey Nomad 

LibKey Nomad is a free browser extension for Google Chrome that makes identifying resources and logging in to use them easier. Once it has been installed, the LibKey icon pops up on pages for electronic articles that are available through Emory. 

Borrowing Information

Document Delivery of Emory-Owned Items

Current Emory students, faculty and staff may request electronic delivery of book chapters and journal articles from the Emory Libraries collection. Requests in compliance with fair use guidelines will be scanned and delivered as pdf files via your ILLiad library account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) of Non-Emory Items

Current Emory students, faculty and staff may request electronic delivery of book chapters and journal articles from other libraries. Requests will be delivered as pdf files via your ILLiad library account. Please bear in mind that there may be considerable delays with the delivery of materials that must be scanned.

Renew Books Online

Library materials owned by Emory Libraries may be renewed conveniently online by logging into your Emory Library account. View the “Loans” section to see a list of materials currently checked out to you. Simply select “Renew All” or renew individual titles as needed. You may also email Ask a Librarian for assistance with renewing items.

Returning Materials 

Effective immediately, all due dates for materials currently on loan from any Emory library will be extended through May, 11, 2020. Patrons are asked to keep any items now in their possession until further notice. All fines and late fees incurred between March 11th and May 11th will be waived. Please email email Ask a Librarian for further assistance.

Contact Us

Have other remote needs? Contact us using Ask a Librarian.