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Many of my good friends who encouraged me to be the best I can were found at Hillman Library.


Hillman was my home away from home. I spent countless nights studying alone in the cubicles, preparing for my MCAT in the fourth floor window desks, collaborating with peers in the second floor technology rooms, and, more often than I probably should have, bonding with my best friends. Hillman was such an integral part of my college career that my roommates and I even staged graduation photos there!


Worked from 67-70 as work study in the cataloging section. Participated in the move to Hillman from the Cathedral.Lots of work and lots of boxes but it all came together.Moved up to Reserve Book Room when I worked full time. Called in a book to Reserves from Dr. Posvar's office. It was needed for a course so why not. Caused the head librarian some worry. But he did return it timely for the students that semester. My husband, John, worked there part time one summer break and our son Steve worked at Hillman when he was a student there.


I met my future husband at Hillman Library in September of 1999. It was a few weeks into my freshman year and he was a junior. Nearly 18 years later, we are happily married and have a wonderful life together in Colorado with our two young sons. Hillman will always have a very special place in our hearts, as it is where our family began.


During school years '70 thru spring of 1972 I studied in the library almost every day into evening. Not much of a social life, but found the library a lot like going to church. It had that "new construction" smell of fresh paint. The facility was perfect with all the small isolated desks located behind the stacks of books. I would keep a time card of hours spent studying in the library and obsessed to make this weeks score better than the last.


In 1968 I had 2 older brothers going away to college. The only way my family could afford to send me was if I commuted to Pitt. Thank goodness for Hillman Library. It was a place where I could hook up with my friends. We would sit together on the first floor near the Cantini wall sculpture. Sometimes we would be told to keep the noise down and we tried. But it was a blessing to have the new library there at the center of campus (and near the bus stop) for commuters who had no dorm room to retreat to when we needed to relax and re-energize.


Before the internet age, the newspaper room at the library was my window on the world !


I worked in the Slavic Languages section of Technical Services when I was earning my MLIS at Pitt. It helped me with my studies, and has been an experience that helped me throughout my career in Libraries. My current position is Resources and Finance Officer for Durham County Library. I oversee the library's budget, IT, archival collection, and all of technical services.


I commuted to Pitt, so anytime and everytime I went to Hillman- I was simply a Pitt Student. I was there to study and just take a break from the chaotic college life. Lots of resources and other people hunkering down to get their workload lightened.


I have 2 stories.
1. I was the girl reading a book leaning on a stack in the original Hillman Library brochure. Someone came around one day while I was studying and asked to take my picture for the brochure and she used one of them! I loved studying in a top floor cubical so I could look out the window was so quiet with no distractions....except...


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