Kelly Library


Built in 1968, the Frederick Thrasher Kelly Library is named for an E&H alumnus (Class of 1905) whose $1.9 million bequest made possible the construction of the building.

The library collection consists of over 350,000 items, including books, periodicals, government documents, audio and videotapes, compact discs, DVDs and electronic databases.

Kelly Library is a member of the Holston Associated Libraries, Inc. (HAL), a consortium of two private colleges and two public libraries. The libraries share an online catalog (HAL), which gives users access to all members’ holdings, and have a reciprocal borrowing agreement. In addition, Kelly Library provides access to over 100 online databases, such as Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, PsychInfo, MLA International Bibliography and many others. Kelly Library belongs to the VIVA and Appalachian College Association consortiums; both groups provide extensive access to electronic resources.

The Library contains computers reserved for library research, an open computer lab, a computer classroom, and wireless internet access. All residence halls have data drops to provide students with network access to the Library’s electronic resources.


Archives & Special Collections

Top Floor
Documents available here are important in the history of the college and the region. Access to these collections is available by appointment. See the Archives and Special Collections web page for specific information.

Circulating Collection

Top Floor
These books may be checked out with college IDs or any Holston Associated Libraries or community borrower cards.

Denham Poetry Collection

Main Floor
Former E&H English faculty member Robert Denham donated 2,000 poetry books for library patrons to enjoy. Most of the collection circulates.

DVD, CD, and Video collections

Main Floor
Items in these collections circulate for seven days. Borrowers can check out a total of five DVDs, CDs, or videocassettes at one time.

Government Documents

Ground Floor
This collection consists of microforms which may be used with the reader printers which are located on the main floor of the library, and print documents which may be checked out. Electronic access to online documents is available through the library’s Government Documents web page and the HAL Online Catalog.

Juvenile Literature Collection

Top Floor
This collection primarily supports the teacher education program of the College.

Microforms (including microfiche & microfilm)

Main Floor Cabinets
Some periodical or newspaper back issues are on microfilm or microfiche. Reader printers are available for reading and printing from microforms; the charge is ten cents per page.

New Books/Graphic Novels

Main Floor
All new books are shelved for several weeks in this area. Also, a small graphic novel collection is located here.

Periodicals in print format

Main Floor
Current issues are shelved in the Denham Poetry Collection/Current Periodicals area. Kelly Library subscribes to approximately 400 print journals. Another 80,000+ journals are available via online databases for current students and employees. A title list of these journals is available at E-Journals by Title on the library web page.

Reference Collection

Main Floor
It is for in-library use and contains general encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, subject encyclopedias and other reference works. Kelly Library subscribes to many online reference works accessible from the library web page for current students and employees.


Kelly Library
P.O. Box 948
Emory, Virginia 24327-0948