Library Resource Facility
ULS Library Resource Facility
University of Pittsburgh
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
This library facility,
located three miles from campus, is home to several units of the University Library System. To
ensure that appropriate preparations are made to accommodate your needs, please contact
the department you wish to visit before traveling to the Library Resource Facility. Upon your
arrival, the guard will contact the department you are visiting.
Shuttle Service(schedule) Every Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., a shuttle bus departs Hillman Library's main entrance on the hour and returns from Thomas Boulevard on the half hour.
How to get thereUse this map. From Bellefield and Fifth Avenues (next to the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel), proceed east on Fifth Avenue until arriving at Penn Avenue (look for the park on the left). Turn right onto Penn Avenue and proceed several blocks until arriving at Braddock Avenue( look for Walgreen's and a gas station on the right corners). Turn left on Braddock Avenue, and turn left again after the traffic light onto Thomas Boulevard (look for the large parking lot on the corner). The Library Resource Facility is the last building on the right. Parking is available on the left after you pass the Thomas building sign.
Gifts and ExchangeIf you would like to donate books or other material to the ULS, please see the Gift and Exchange Department web pages.
The Gift and Exchange Department receives books and serials that are donated to the University Library System (ULS). Donated material is reviewed by Bibliographers before being added to the ULS collections; duplicate items or those not needed for the collection are often used for exchange with other universities around the world.
Library Collections Storage UnitFor information, or to visit the facility, contact the Library Collections Storage Unit staff at 412-648-5424.
This 16,600 square foot unit is a high-density, environmentally controlled, retrievable storage area for books and journals that are sorted by size and stored in acid-free cardboard trays. Twenty ranges of racks 30 feet high, with approximately 7,000 shelves, can store an estimated 2.7 million volumes. A hydraulic lift retrieves volumes and replaces them on the highest shelves. Items in storage appear in PittCat+ with Library Collections Storage Unit as the location. University of Pittsburgh Students, faculty, staff and special borrowers can obtain stored material by submitting a request through PittCat+. Books and other materials requested from storage can be delivered to any University of Pittsburgh library. Deliveries are made daily, except on weekends or holidays. Journal articles will be made available in PDF format.
Information SystemsInformation Systems provides technology support to University of Pittsburgh campus libraries, including: (1) PC support for an installed base of over 600 devices for faculty, students, and staff and, (2) support for the Endeavor Voyager library management system and PittCat+, the online catalog containing more than 3 million records. The production server environment houses more than 40 servers, which provide access to hundreds of databases and electronic resources, the ULS's extensive Web serving environment, and the ULS's numerous digital publishing initiatives.
Archives Service CenterContact Information
The Archives Service Center (ASC) manages more than 30, 000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, and newspapers that focus on the history of Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. The ASC actively solicits materials of historical value. Once received, the materials are processed, preserved, and opened to research. A separate reading room is available for students, faculty, visiting scholars, community members and others from the general public. Major collections include: Archives of Industrial Society, the University Archives, the United Electrical Workers and other labor collections, the Dick Thornburgh Papers, and the Helen Clay Frick Foundation Collection. The ASC reading room is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
PreservationFor information, please call 412-648-5676.
The Preservation Department has undergone many changes over the years, but has remained constant in supporting the mission of the University Library System by preserving library and archival materials and keeping them accessible for the public. The recent opening of a new state of the art Conservation Laboratory in the Preservation Department promises to build a more cohesive program to better serve the library and University communities. The architectural firm of CelliFlynnAssoc- iates, in consultation with the preservation staff, designed and constructed a 3,494 square foot lab. The new lab supports a variety of services and conservation treatments for library and archival materials, including in-house book repair, brittle books replacement and reformatting, disaster planning and preparedness, and staff education.