The University of Pittsburgh libraries maintain collections totaling more than 4.4 million volumes, excluding microtext. There are 16 library units on the Pittsburgh Campus and four on the regional campuses. The University Library System administers 16 of these units, including those on the regional campuses. The Health Sciences Library System primarily serves the health sciences schools and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Other Pittsburgh Campus libraries include the Barco Law Library. All University libraries work together cooperatively.

PITTCAT is the University of Pittsburgh's online library catalog, offering author, title, subject, and keyword access to materials to all University libraries. In addition, the University libraries provide access to more than 400 remote resources for University of Pittsburgh faculty, students, and staff, including Encyclopedia Britannica, EBSCOhost, Lexis-Nexis, CIS Compass, and over 4,500 electronic journals. PITTCAT and the other databases are available through the ULS Website.

Library services and collections strive to serve the academic and research needs of the University community. A University Senate Library Committee with faculty and student representatives provides policy guidance to the libraries. The general University Identification Card also serves as a library card. Services of special interest to faculty include online searching of databases for bibliographic, textual, or numerical information, instruction in library use to groups of students, preparation of special bibliographies and reading lists, interlibrary loan via an electronic network, and photocopy service at minimum cost through cooperative arrangements with other institutions; reciprocal borrowing and supplementary research privileges are available in research libraries across the country and in neighboring libraries. Cards for the national program can be obtained at the Hillman Library lending desk. Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and other local libraries provide rich opportunities for study and research. The ULS is a charter member of a statewide academic library consortium (PALCI). Searches of PALCI catalogs and requests for loans may be made online through the ULS Website.

Faculty suggestions for additions to library collections are welcomed and can be submitted directly to the appropriate collection development librarians or through departmental or school library representatives. To place materials on reserve for course readings, lists must be submitted at least one month in advance of the term in most libraries.

Hillman Library

The largest library facility is Hillman Library with a collection of more than two million volumes on five floors. The ground floor provides reference, lending, interlibrary loan, and photocopy service desks and houses special collections as follows: reserve materials, government documents, maps, and print and CD-ROM indexes and abstracts. Also located here are facilities for information retrieval or database searching.

A number of separate and/or distinctive collections are found in Hillman Library. The African American Library includes works written by and about Americans of African descent and studies dealing with Blacks throughout the world. The Buhl Library of Social Work contains a core collection of materials in support of the curriculum of the School of Social Work with additional materials housed in the general Hillman stacks. The East Asian Library supports chiefly the area studies of China and Japan.

Other special collections include the Alldred browsing room with current, popular books; the Stark Listening Center with recordings, tapes, and compact discs; microtext materials; and the current periodicals reading room. The Special Collections Department has rare books, manuscripts, and unique collections such as the Carnap and Reichenbach papers. The University Library System's Technical Services Unit and the University Library System's administration are also housed in this facility.

Individual faculty studies are located on the third and fourth floors of Hillman Library. Applications are accepted for these in 271 Hillman at the beginning of every term.

Departmental Libraries

In addition to Hillman Library, there are a number of libraries located elsewhere on or near the Pittsburgh Campus, close to the academic departments they serve. The Allegheny Observatory Library concentrates on astronomy, astrophysics, and allied fields, and has an outstanding collection of star photographs. The Chemistry/ Computer Science Library reflects the research interests of its departments, and currently receives 257 chemistry-related serials and 160 computer science-related serials. The Darlington Memorial Library has a unique collection of Americana from the Colonial period through the Revolution and the War of 1812, with emphasis on Western Pennsylvania. The Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library's collections in art and sculpture support research in art history. Langley Library serves the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology. The Mathematics Library is primarily a graduate study and research collection for advanced mathematics. The Music Library contains reference books, printed music, manuscripts, microfilms, periodicals, and recordings. The Physics Library concentrates on physics and allied areas, including geology and planetary science. The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs/Economics Library, the Graduate School of Business Library, and the Information Sciences Library support the programs in each of the professional schools. The Archives Service Center is located on Lexington Avenue in Point Breeze, approximately three miles from campus.

Professional School Libraries

Bevier Engineering Library contains books, journals, government documents, and technical reports to support the various fields of engineering taught at the University. The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Library's volumes, periodicals, newspapers, corporation reports, and government documents primarily support the curricular and research needs of the business school. The School of Information Sciences Library houses material on subjects related to library and information science and telecommunications and also has a fine historical collection of children's literature. The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs/Economics Library supports the areas of International Affairs, Public Administration, International Studies, Development Planning and Administration, Economics, Economic History, Labor, Demography, and Economic Statistics — United States and international.

The Barco Law Library at the School of Law includes substantially all reported decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, as well as: textbooks; periodicals and digests; encyclopedias; annotated reports; Pennsylvania law; a good collection of British, Canadian, and related material; basic works on international law and the Common Market, among other materials.

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) provides collections and services to meet the information needs of the educational, clinical and research programs of the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, and the Graduate School of Public Health, as well as the hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The HSLS includes the following libraries:

  • Falk Library of the Health Sciences serves as the flagship of the HSLS, with more than 300,000 volumes and nearly 2,000 current serial titles. Included in that total are several special History of Medicine collections.
  • The Library of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) is one of the nation's largest psychiatric libraries, housing a collection of nearly 70,000 volumes and approximately 450 current journal subscriptions.
  • The nursing collection in the School of Nursing Learning Resource Center (LRC) contains a collection of approximately 10,000 books and receives 167 current journal subscriptions.
  • The Bergman Medical Library at Montefiore University Hospital is a reading room open 24 hours daily. It houses a small collection of journal titles and current clinical monographs, and provides access to PITTCAT and HSL Online at all times.

For general information about the University of Pittsburgh libraries, telephone 412-648-7710 or visit the Website at