Library Collections and Services

The University of Pittsburgh libraries and collections provide an abundant amount of information and services to the faculty, students, staff, administrators, and researchers of the University. In fiscal year 1996, the University's collections totaled more than 3.7 million volumes, 3.6 million pieces of microforms, and nearly 26,000 subscriptions.

Under the administration of the Director of the University Library System (ULS), the ULS includes the following libraries and collections: Hillman (main), African-American, Archives of Industrial Society, Buhl (social work), East Asian, Special Collections, Government Documents, University Archives, Allegheny Observatory, Center for American Music, Chemistry, Computer Science, Darlington Memorial (American history), Engineering, Fine Arts, Information Sciences, Langley (biological sciences, behavioral neuroscience, psychology), Katz Graduate School of Business, Mathematics, Music, Physics, and Public and International Affairs/Economics.

The Hillman Library is the largest library facility with seating for 1,530 users. It offers an open stack arrangement and an extensive range of library services. In addition to the main collection, which is comprised primarily of humanities and social sciences subject areas, the Hillman Library is comprised of seven other libraries and collections, maps, national and international newspapers, and microform facilities.

The Health Sciences Library System primarily serves the health sciences schools and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This library system includes the Bergman Library of Montefiore University Hospital, Falk Library, the Nursing Collection in the Learning Resources Center of the School of Nursing, and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Library.

The other University libraries include the Barco Law Library, and those libraries located at each of the four regional campuses: Johnstown, Greensburg, Titusville, and Bradford.

PITTCAT is the University of Pittsburgh's on-line library catalog, offering author, title, subject, and keyword access to materials in all University libraries. PITTCAT currently contains bibliographic holdings and circulation information for more than 3 million titles, representing most of the book and periodical collections in all University libraries. In addition, the University libraries have access to more than 2,500 computerized databases from a number of companies such as Dialog Information Retrieval Service, Bibliographic Retrieval Service, Mead Data Central, LEXIS, NEXIS, VuText, STN International, and Wilsonline. Nearly 100 other bibliographic and full-text databases are available from devices in the libraries in a broad range of subject areas. Many databases are also available through the ULS Web site at http://www.library.pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is a member of the Association of Research Libraries as well as the Center for Research Libraries, which makes available uncommon materials on many subjects. Through membership in a Pennsylvania consortium of libraries (PALINET) and the Oakland Library Consortium, cooperative borrowing arrangements have been developed with neighboring academic institutions, including a courier service to Carnegie Mellon University libraries.


Locations of University libraries and collections:

University Library System

Hillman Library Schenley Drive at Forbes Avenue

Hillman Library (main) All floors

African-American Library First Floor

Archives of Industrial Society Collection Third Floor

Buhl Library First Floor

East Asian Library Second Floor

Special Collections Third Floor

Government Documents Collection Ground Floor

University Archives Collection Third Floor

Allegheny Observatory Library Allegheny Observatory, 159 Riverview Avenue

Center for American Music 4301 Forbes Avenue (Stephen Foster Memorial)

Chemistry Library 200 Alumni Hall

Computer Science Collection 200 Alumni Hall

Darlington Memorial Library 601 Cathedral of Learning

Engineering Library 126 Benedum Hall

Fine Arts Library Frick Fine Arts Building

Information Sciences Library 316 Information Sciences Bldg.

Katz Graduate School of Business Library 130 Mervis Hall

Langley Library A-217 Langley Hall

Mathematics Library 430 Thackeray Hall

Music Library B-28 Music Building

Physics Library 208 Engineering Hall

Public and International Affairs/Economics Library 1G12 Forbes Quadrangle


Health Sciences Library System

Bergman Library 7 Main, Montefiore University Hospital

Falk Library Second Floor, Scaife Hall

Learning Resources Center 240 Victoria Building

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Library 229 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic


Other University Libraries

Barco Law Library 400 Law School Building

Owen Library Johnstown Campus

Millstein Library Greensburg Campus

Haskell Memorial Library Titusville Campus

Hanley Library Bradford Campus

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Office of Institutional Research
University of Pittsburgh Fact Book, September 1996