Library Use Policies


Visit this page to find more information about borrowing and other related policies.

Services for the Non-Pitt Community

We welcome the Pittsburgh community and visiting researchers to access our major academic research libraries!  Visit our page for the Non-Pitt community for more information about services.

Cell Phone Use

Hillman Library

Persons receiving or making cell phone calls are requested to do so in one of the following cell phone-friendly areas:

  • The stairwells on all floors

Food & Drink

Please help us keep the library clean!
Covered beverages and snacks are permitted*
Not permitted:

  • hot food
  • meals
  • aromatic food

*Note: When mask mandates are in effect, food and drink that complies with the above policy can be consumed only in the Cup & Chaucer Café.

The Following Are Not Permitted Inside Hillman Library

Motorized or non-motorized: bikes, scooters, skateboards,  mono-boards or similar items.

Please use campus bike racks or bike storage lockers


Any individuals exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be reported and possibly escorted from the library by the security guard or Pitt Police. Inappropriate behavior may include behavior which creates excessive noise levels or disturbances, interferes with other patrons’ use of the library or library employees’ ability to perform appropriate duties, damages to library property, etc. The ULS reserves the right to revoke library access and privileges under certain circumstances.

Hours & Access

Please visit our hours page for information about library hours. 

PLEASE NOTE for Hillman Library: When the library is open between 11 p.m.-7 a.m., you must have a valid Pitt ID in order to access the building.

Smoking and Vaping

Smoking and vaping are not permitted in any ULS library.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing

Directives issued by the University will be adhered to by the Library.