1890 section of map that includes Thomas Blvd.

Visiting Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) has two reading rooms available for you to visit: one on the 3rd floor of Hillman Library in Oakland and one at the Archives Service Center in the Point Breeze neighborhood. So that you come to the right place, we encourage you to make an appointment ahead of time to ensure the materials you’d like to see are at the correct location. See below for more information on contacting us, when we’re open, and directions to our locations.

  • Access to the Archives & Special Collections reading rooms at Hillman Library and Thomas Boulevard by Pitt or non-Pitt researchers requires an appointment to be made at least 48 hours in advance.   
  • Contact us to request an appointment, and one of our archivists will follow up with you to schedule your appointment.
  • Masks are required.

Preparing for Your Visit

While we don’t currently require appointments, we highly encourage you to contact us ahead of your visit to make sure the materials you’re interested in are available for research and are been pulled ahead of your visit. For more information on our research policies and procedures, visit Doing Research in Our Collections. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.


Our reading rooms are open Monday through Friday. A&SC at Hillman Library's hours are 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. and A&SC at the Archives Service Center's hours are 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. although these may vary depending on holidays and the university calendar.

Contact us ahead of time to be sure that we are open when you plan to visit! Please note we stop pulling materials for researchers at 4:30 p.m. View Full List of Library Hours.

Our Locations

    A&SC at Hillman Library

    Find us on the third floor of Hillman Library, located at:

    3960 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    A&SC at the Archives Service Center

    You can find the Archives Service Center on the second floor of the Library Resources Facility in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, located about 3-miles from the Oakland campus.

    7500 Thomas Boulevard
    Pittsburgh, PA 15208

    • Coming by car? We have a small parking lot that’s free for researchers. Here are directions to Archives Service Center
    • Coming by bus? The 67, 69, and 71C stop right near our building, on the corner of Penn and Braddock Avenues; if you don’t mind a little bit further of a walk, check out the 74, P1, P2, or P3.
    • Coming from campus?  A shuttle runs hourly between Hillman and our building.  The shuttle between Hillman Library and Thomas Boulevard is not currently running. Please see directions for visiting via car or public transit instead.

    The banner image is from our G. M. Hopkins Company Maps, 1872-1940 collection.