1890 section of map that includes Thomas Blvd.

Visiting Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) has two Reading Rooms available for you to visit: one on the 3rd floor of Hillman Library in Oakland and one at the Archives Service Center in the Point Breeze neighborhood. See below for more information on contacting us, when we’re open, and directions to our locations.

Preparing for Your Visit

Before you visit, you will need to create an account in the A&SC Aeon Research Portal. Once you have registered you will be able to schedule appointments and request materials and other services online. Additionally, your account will also keep track of all of the resources you’ve used and allow you to view the status of your requests. You will only need to register once but note that you will need to renew your account annually to keep it active. 

All requests should be made at least 48-hours in advance of your visit. The majority of our collection is stored offsite, so we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide same day access. 

For more information on our research policies and procedures, visit Doing Research in Our Collections. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.


Our reading rooms are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. although these may vary depending on holidays and the university calendar.

Contact us ahead of time to be sure that we are open when you plan to visit! Please note we stop pulling materials for researchers at 4:30 p.m. View Full List of Library Hours.

Our Locations

    A&SC at Hillman Library

    Find us on the third floor of Hillman Library, located at:

    3960 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    A&SC at the Archives Service Center

    You can find the Archives Service Center on the second floor of the Library Resources Facility in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, located about 3-miles from the Oakland campus.

    7500 Thomas Boulevard
    Pittsburgh, PA 15208

    • Coming by car? We have a small parking lot that’s free for researchers. Here are directions to Archives Service Center
    • Coming by bus? The 67, 69, and 71C stop right near our building, on the corner of Penn and Braddock Avenues; if you don’t mind a little bit further of a walk, check out the 74, P1, P2, or P3.
    • Coming from campus?  A shuttle runs hourly between Hillman and our building.  

    The banner image is from our G. M. Hopkins Company Maps, 1872-1940 collection.