Answered By: Bo Adams
Last Updated: May 20, 2016     Views: 18

DiscoverE is a database that searches Emory's catalogue. It is limited to what we own at Emory, and so chances are that things that do not show up there, but do exist, are items that Emory does not own. To confirm this, you can search for the item in WorldCAT, where you can see a list of libraries that do own the item (and you can search the Emory catalogue again, just to make sure). If you find an item that Emory does not own, you have a couple of options for accessing it.

  1. If the item is held by a local library with whom we have an agreement, you can go borrow it from that library. 
    1. GETS: We have an agreement with Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and UGA to extend borrowing privileges to each other's patrons. If you take your Emory ID to any of these libraries, you will be able to check out materials, in accordance with that library's lending policies. See the link below for more information on the GETS program.
    2. ARCHE: We also have agreements with other local libraries in Atlanta to share lending privileges (e.g. Columbia Seminary, McAfee School of Theology, the Atlanta University Center). To borrow from these libraries, you need to acquire an ARCHE card, which is available from the Reference Librarians at Pitts. See the link below for more information on the ARCHE program.
  2. You can initiate an Interlibrary loan for the book. This typically takes a few days, and the lending period is shorted. For instructions on doing this, see the link below.
  3. If you believe this work fits well in the Pitts Theology Library collection, you can initiate a purchase request. This will be reviewed by Pitts staff, and it may be approved. You can sign up to receive notification if a purchase has been made. This process takes a little bit longer. See the link below for instructions.

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