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Welcome from the Dean

Dear Pitt students, faculty and staff,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS). No matter whether you are entering the University as a first-year student, looking for opportunities for furthering your research, teaching and learning, or have been a long-standing member of the University community, the ULS is here to support your academic success through our collections, services, and spaces, no matter whether you are on the Oakland campus, or on any of our regional campuses, each of which has a library presence.

We are committed to our vision of encouraging intellectual activity and the creation, dissemination, preservation, and celebration of knowledge and creative expression and see the library as a place where important conversations happen, curiosity and experimentation are encouraged, collaboration is key, and diversity and inclusion are fundamental. We are also committed to preserving the past and present work of our communities as a node in a vast network of global knowledge.

I invite you to explore our first-class collections of over 7 million print and electronic books, journals, databases, archival materials and special collections, and to take advantage of the expertise of our staff though the workshops, individual consultations, and orientation sessions we offer. We are committed to enabling scholarship and learning in the digital environment, including research data management, e-journal publishing, repository servicesmapping and GIS services, and bibliometrics, among many others.

Our distinctive collections provide unique opportunities for students and researchers to work with one-of-a-kind items. You will find unique materials in the Archives and Special Collections, the Frick Fine Arts Library, the Music Library, the Center for American Music, and online.

In 2018 we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hillman Library and are working on a renovation plan that will allow us to provide spaces that accommodate a variety of learning styles and requirements, emphasize services that enable the successful navigation of the digital environment, position librarians to partner with faculty in the full life-cycle of research, and welcome the community.

For news and updates, check out http://library.pitt.edu/hillmanreinvention

Welcome to the University Library System again and please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, questions, or feedback through the form below or through our Ask a Librarian Service.

Have a productive and successful academic year!

Kornelia Tancheva, Ph.D.
The Hillman University Librarian and Director, ULS
University of Pittsburgh

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