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The Hillman Library is the reason I was able to earn my Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of Social Work. I used to be told that education is power and I found that out first hand. I probably spent 30-40 hours a week studying at Hillman because I needed more time than most people to get the same amount of work done. The fact is I have a learning disability and was an average student at best. I dropped out of High School and barely passed my GED.


I was a student worker at Hillman from March 1968 until graduation in 1971. I worked in all areas and Departmental Libraries. I eventually became Stacks Master, supervising other student workers. I had keys to the building and was responsible for opening and closing the library. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and met so many wonderful people. H2P


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.


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