Learning with the Rose Library

The Rose Library staff collaborate with instructors to incorporate rare books, manuscripts and archives into the classroom. Students are able to connect with history and with the creative process in a deeper way as they read first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights movement, compare early drafts of literary works, or explore the world in the first published atlas. Students who work with Rose Library materials create new scholarship. Their research has led to honors theses, dissertations, exhibitions, journal articles, plays, and contributions to Emory's collections of digital texts.

Instruction Sessions

Instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of particular classes. Some classes come for a one-hour introduction to the experience of working with primary sources. Other classes will devote the entire semester to working with the Library's rich holdings.

The Rose Library currently offers:

  • Introduction to collection highlights related to a course topic, led by Rose Library staff
  • Introduction to finding aids, research guides, and online tools, led by Rose Library staff
  • Hands-on workshops with pre-selected materials during class sessions
  • Space for instructors to lead class sessions focused on Rose Library materials

If you would like to arrange an for an instruction session, please Contact Us. The Rose Library requires at least two weeks' notice to arrange for instruction.

Class Assignments

The Rose Library encourages faculty to create assignments using the Library's collections. The Rose Library has created an instruction guide to assist professors in designing assignments best suited to their individual topics and goals.  

Staff are also available to meet with instructors to answer questions about the Rose Library's collections, class assignments, or previous student projects. If you would like to meet with staff regarding your class assignment, please Contact Us.

Please note: Currently, the Rose Library does not have a group study space; if students are working on a group assignment, they will need to conduct their Rose Library research individually, so that we can accommodate all of our researchers. Download a guide to Teaching with Rose Library for Faculty.

Scheduling Classes

For assignments with a Rose Library research component, we ask that instructors complete and submit the form below. This information allows Rose Library staff to better assist students and to advise other researchers of particularly busy periods in the reading room. Staff will review all materials prior to putting them on hold for a course. The Rose Library reserves the right to restrict the use of items if preservation issues, such as brittleness, could lead to damage to original materials.

In addition, if a class has 25 or more students the Rose Library requires that:

  • The instructor meet with Rose Library staff prior to the assignment
  • The instructor work with Rose Library staff to determine a schedule for student research appointments
  • Those appointments be distributed over at least two weeks

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to the Rose Library's instruction staff, please Contact Us.