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As a nursing student at Pitt, hillman or "the club" as we called it was my second home to the dorms. On a friday afternoon, I joked that you had to go to the club to find out what everyone was doing for the weekend. Sure, it was a place to study, but also great for stress-relieving people watching at finals week, hanging out with your friends, and making new ones. I think Hillman was where you came to realize we were all suffering through the semester together. It was one of my favorite places on campus and so much more than a library to me and my friends.


My sister was a Pitt Grad a year ahead of me at the time. She and her roommate from Harrisburg, PA and I would take time out from studying for finals to play a little game in the library rooms. We called it, "Guess your man." We would use the hangman style to give clues to guess guys that we may have had an eye on. It was fun, hilarious and took the edge off of studying.


My friends and I affectionately referred to the ground floor of Hillman Library as "Club Hillman" due to all the late Friday and Saturday nights we spent there. We would camp out until 2 am (when the library closed back then) doing homework, slowly spreading ourselves out over tables as they became available. As a member of the marching band, there were always "bandies" in the library we could sit with. Upperclassmen taught the younger members to bring extension cords because power sockets were in high demand and it was always best to have a cord.


In the early 90s, I was not only a student worker, but also the kid of a Hillman staff member. I spent a huge amount of time back in Tech Services (including a couple of naps on the cot in the sick room, sans nasty pillow). My mom and I always say you will never find more interesting people than the people who work in the library. There were some colorful personalities and people from all walks of life. I will never forget Bev & Bug, Clara, Victor, John, Ashraf, Mr. Lozano, Robin, Patty, John the UPS guy, Bill from the stacks, or Tony in the tanktop. And of course Charlie Aston.


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.


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