Libraries

Hillman Library

Hillman Library

Hillman Library, the largest of the 17 libraries on the Pittsburgh campus, contains approximately 1.5 million volumes, specialized collections, more than 200 computers, study capacity for some 1,500 users, a media center, and more.

  • 2.8 million annual library visitors

    1 million+ historical photographs in ULS collections

    33,500 linear feet of archival manuscript collections

  • 300 million online full-text articles

    Top 10 U.S. fine arts libraries (Frick Fine Arts Library)

    6 million+ volumes in ULS collections

University Library System

Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) is the 22nd-largest academic library system in North America. It includes 15 libraries and collections and holds more than 6.4 million volumes and specialized collections including the Archive of Scientific Philosophy and the Archives of Industrial Society, as well as major foreign-language materials from around the world totaling 1.4 million volumes.

The oldest item in the ULS collections is a leaf printed from the letters of St. Jerome, ca. 1466. The oldest map, published in Venice in 1556, depicts a St. Lawrence Iroquoian village near present-day Montreal.

ULS publishes a growing number of scholarly e-journals. The system’s D-Scribe repository includes more than 100 digital collections containing photos, manuscripts, book and article texts, maps, government documents, and other materials.

 

Health Sciences Library System

The Health Sciences Library System offers a wide array of information services, educational opportunities, and resources to faculty, students, and researchers in Pitt’s schools of the health sciences (medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, health and rehabilitation sciences, and public health).

Barco Law Library

The Barco Law Library primarily serves the students and faculty of Pitt’s School of Law, but its resources are available to anyone doing legal research. As a Federal Depository Library, the Barco Law Library collects, organizes, maintains, preserves, and helps users to access federal government documents.

At Hillman Library

Hillman Library periodically hosts free public displays of treasures from the University’s collections, including a recent exhibition of rare first editions by Charles Dickens.

Among the permanent items on display at Hillman are the Audubon Exhibit Case, featuring original prints from John James Audubon's The Birds of America (Pitt owns one of only 120 compete sets of Birds of America known to exist; it's considered to be the single most valuable set of volumes in the ULS collections), and an interactive display featuring the Gold Medal won by Pitt alumnus and track star John Woodruff at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

The Cup & Chaucer Café on Hillman's ground floor serves coffee and expresso drinks, pastries, and sandwiches, and stocks popular reading and bestsellers for visitors to borrow. The café's Emerging Legends Concerts Series features free performances by musicians playing everything from blues to jazz to folk-indie and world music.