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I was a first-year pharmacy student living in Holland Hall, so I would walk over to the Hillman to study a lot. I loved to sit in the magazine room and watch the traffic lights change in a line on Forbes Ave when my brain needed a break.


Working late at Hillman was never fun but I always seemed to get more socializing done than studying. It was all worth it and Hillman always helped keep me sane.


I worked at three different Hillman Library locations when I was doing my MLS study. There was a big piece of stone, part of the Chinese Great Wall, in the Special Collection that always fascinated me. Pitt has a great library collection of culture and research treasures. Some of them are with the library way more than 50 years for sure.


I was a nursing student and commuted 2 of my 4 years. I don't think there was much infrastructure for commuters back then and I would go to Hillman to study and to write. I spent many late nights there and probably took many naps there. It was my main go-to place for getting my work done. It was also a meeting place for study groups and for co-commuter drop off and pick up.


During a shift in the 306 stacks, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team won the world series, and then this happened in Hillman


Hillman Library was relatively new when I attended the University of Pittsburgh. As a freshman I was amazed by the sheer size of the study areas and the various options for studying - desk, comfortable chair, table. Back then the 1st floor might have been the place where a few students actually studied, but it was really the place to go in the evening to meet people and socialize with friends - quietly of course. It was one the many places on campus that I enjoyed.


I studied Social Work at Pitt where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees. That require 100s maybe even 1,000s of hers studying in the Hillman. I used the computers to write many papers and met students there who have become life long friends. The Hillman will always have a special place in my heart. Couldn't have earned my degrees without the Hillman and the Cathedral of Learning.


Hillman Library brings back many wonderful memories of my time at Pitt! My friends and I practically lived in the large reading room on the first floor; and during finals we managed squeeze in naps during our all-nighters.


I had spent the previous two years in my home town of Bradford PA attending the University of Pittsburgh. In 1975 I experienced my first extended period of time away from home as a Liberal Studies major at the Pitt main campus. Although I have always loved being around people my shyness kept me from spending much time socializing during my Junior and Senior years at Pitt. I loved spending time in the Cathedral of Learning but we must remember, this was before the internet and I needed books to do my research. The Hillman Library was where the books were.


A medical student, I arrived to Ruskin Hall in August, 1974, and it wasn't long before I formed a habit of carrying my armload of books the few long empty blocks to Hillman Library where I could study comfortably in the bright modern atmosphere enhanced with artworks, a Joan Mitchell I particularly remember.


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