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Hours, Collections, and Services Updates for Summer 2021

Latest Update: Friday, June 4, 2021

The libraries are here to help you succeed. As the University adjusts its posture, so do the libraries with appropriate modifications to services and facilities. Please continue to check this page for updates and additional details.

Our libraries are open to all Pitt faculty, staff and students. Access to the buildings is via a card swipe.

Safety First!

  • Per University guidelines, masks must be worn at all times, inside all library locations, by everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • Libraries, like all buildings on campus, have reduced occupancy limits – once the limit is reached, entry is on a one-in, one-out basis.
  • As of September 30 some Pitt ID cards will be expiring which will prevent you from renewing your items. To solve this, please contact Panther Central to renew your ID (can be done remotely). 
  • Group study rooms are once again reservable, with reduced maximum occupancies. Please note that Bradford Hanley Library does not have group study rooms available at this time. Hillman Study rooms will be reservable starting on January 19. Study rooms at Langley and Regional libraries will remain as first-come, first-served.
  • Access to library spaces is limited to Pitt faculty, students, and staff with a valid Pitt ID. View our current hours.
  • If you have a special borrower card, you may request materials via our no-contact pickup services. Please visit our website on library access for Special Borrowers for more information about this service.
  • If you are a visiting researcher not affiliated with Pitt, you may access Archives and Special Collections by scheduling an appointment. To request an appointment, please follow the instructions further down this page. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times, so no food or drink is permitted in the libraries. The Cup and Chaucer café at Hillman Library is closed at this time. Food from the Hanley Library Café must be consumed outside the library space.
  • The Hillman Library book drop is open. Please return your items via the book drop rather than bringing them into the Library. Directions are provided further down this page.

Support for Faculty

Getting Materials from Our Collection 

There are now three ways you can access library materials.

  1. Drop by! All libraries have open hours, occupancy permitting, and you can check out materials as usual at the circulation desk. 
  2. Use our no-contact pickup service, available at all libraries. Just select “no-contact pickup” in PittCat when you request your materials, and someone will email you to set up a time to retrieve your items when they are ready. 
  3. Get materials by mail. If you’re not able to come to campus, we’ll mail up to 15 ULS-owned or E-Z Borrow items to your home address (U.S. addresses only). This service is not available for ILL items. 

Please note that the emergency electronic access to HathiTrust full-text books has stopped because of copyright restrictions. It is possible that something that was available electronically before, is now only available in print. Print books that were in the emergency access program continue to be available to you via direct access in libraries or no-contact pick up. 

Reciprocal borrowing accounts for local/regional University affiliates, including Carnegie Mellon University and PALCI members, are not being issued at this time. Please contact your local college or university library for assistance locating library materials. 

No Need to Renew Checked-Out Items

If you still have items checked out from last spring, don’t panic! You do not need to renew or return library materials at this time unless they have been recalled. All library materials (excluding Health Sciences Library System and Barco Law Library) checked out during the 2019-2020 academic year (including E-ZBorrow) are now due September 30, 2021.

However, Users can renew their own items any time by going into 'My Account' on PittCat. If your PittID is expired, you will need to contact Panther Central to renew it. Ask Us if you have any questions! See our FAQ for more information about returning your materials. 

Our New Library Website and PittCat Library Catalog are Here!

Visit for more information and be sure to check out this introductory video! You're welcome to join us for a workshop overview of the new PittCat and introduction to search functionality. Workshop presenters will review basic and advanced features of the system, followed by Q&A. See the upcoming workshop schedule on our event calendar.

Archives and Special Collections Reading Rooms Open by Appointment Only

The Reading Rooms at Thomas Boulevard and Hillman Library (third floor) are open by appointment only. Appointments need to be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. For the safety of our researchers, visits will be limited to maintain social distancing. All researchers are required to wear a self-provided mask and complete a daily self-attestation form for each visit. We will provide gloves to handle the materials. 

Please contact us to schedule an appointment. A member of Archives & Special Collections will follow-up with you to discuss your research request. 

Using the New Digital Interactive Wall at Hillman Library

The new Digital Interactive Wall is hosted by Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of Hillman Library. While practicing social distancing, please use the disposable styluses provided to interact with the digital wall which is being cleaned on a regular basis. We ask that you please do NOT sanitize your hand to touch the screen since topical hand sanitizer can damage the screen's surface. Please enjoy your visit and contact us with your feedback or questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do with my checked-out materials? 

As stated above, you do not need to renew or return your materials to the library at this time, unless they have been recalled. However, all library materials checked out during the 2019-2020 academic year are due by September 30, 2021. This includes E-ZBorrow materials. For any questions about due date or fines, please Ask Us.

If you wish to return physical materials to Hillman Library, please use the external book drop near the ground floor entrances (Forbes Avenue side) just down the ramp and on the left before you reach the doors. Hillman Library’s book drop is open and available for book drop-offs anytime.

Hillman Library's Bookdrop, located outside of the entrance doors, is highlighted with a red circle. Close-up of someone using Hillman Library's bookdrop

If you would like to return your materials by mail, you can do so to the following addresses:

ALL Oakland Campus libraries:
Hillman Library
Donald S. Wood Service Desk
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Note: Hillman Library’s bookdrop is open and available for book drop-offs anytime (located at the Ground Floor entrance, Forbes Ave side)

Bradford Campus:
Hanley Library
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
Note: Bradford’s Hanley library has a book drop outside that can also be used for returning books

Greensburg Campus:
Millstein Library
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Johnstown Campus:
Owen Library
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904

Note: Johnstown's Owen Library has two book drops. One is in the Owen Library building's first floor lobby, and the other is outside the Owen Library building's ground floor entrance.

Titusville Campus:
Haskell Memorial Library
504 East Main Street
Titusville, PA 16354

How do I search the catalog for full text online books and journal articles?

Enter your query into PittCat search as usual. Then, filter your results by clicking “Available Online” in the “Customize Your Search” sidebar. You will find hundreds of thousands of e-books and e-journal articles, freely available for Pitt affiliates.

For more information about online resources, see our PittCat guide.

How can the print materials currently on reserve for my class get transferred to electronic reserves?

Please complete the E-reserves Request form.

How do I access materials from Archives & Special Collections?

Please contact Archives & Special Collections directly via the Ask an Archivist form.

Can students and staff access lockers and carrels in the library?

Lockers are not available for general use at this time. If you need to access items previously stored in a locker or carrel, please Ask Us. Ph.D. carrels at Hillman Library are accessible to assigned students and graduate students only, following social distancing protocols.

How can I get remote help with my research? 

We have subject specialist librarians for over 70 areas. Click here to find yours. We also provide Digital Scholarship Services and Electronic Theses & Dissertation Support. If you’re a faculty member at one of our regional campus libraries, please contact your library for assistance.

​​​Remote Access to Library Resources

Support for Online Teaching

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ULS Director, Kornelia Tancheva at

What can I expect when I visit Hillman Library?

  • One set of doors to the Ground Floor entrance to Hillman Library is identified for entry, the other for exit.
  • Masks must be worn at all times throughout the building, even in study rooms.
  • Upon entering the Ground Floor doors, you will come to a security point where you will swipe your Pitt ID
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the library at this time and the Cup & Chaucer Café is closed.
  • Printers are available on the Ground Floor.
  • Books may be checked out from the Donald S. Wood Service Desk on the Ground Floor of the library, but any reference questions should be directed through Ask Us.

Owen Library temporarily operating out of Krebs Hall Room 124

  • Owen Library is closed until further notice due to water damage.
  • The library staff is operating out of Krebs Hall Room 124, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Patrons who request that books be sent to Johnstown's Owen Library can pick up those books in Krebs Hall Room 124.