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Hillman Library Reinvention

We are excited to announce that a project to renovate and reinvent Hillman Library is moving forward!


The vision

Hillman Library will be the principal hub of intellectual activity on campus providing services, resources, and inspiring spaces—from vibrant to serene—that advance academic study, stimulate innovation in knowledge creation, encourage intellectual exploration and creativity, and foster energetic collaborative exchange.

The research

University Facilities and the ULS worked with research firm brightspot to:

… identify changes and future needs in academic research, learning, and teaching in order to generate opportunities for how spaces and services in Pitt’s academic library can respond to these future needs.”

Brightspot conducted focus groups, interviews, and surveys with Pitt faculty, and students, as well as library staff. This report is the result of that process and is one of many inputs into the process of designing spaces and services for a reinvented Hillman.

The basics

  • Because of the essential role it plays on campus Hillman will remain open for the duration of the renovation and, because of this, the renovation will take longer than it otherwise might. Currently, a target of five years is in place.
  • During the renovation, all library collections will remain accessible, whether relocated within Hillman Library or via the library off-site storage facility, and all library services will continue.
  • Preparation work for the renovation has begun so you can expect to see an increase in activity in the building along with some changes and relocations of collections and services as we lay the groundwork for the renovation.
  • While some disruption is inevitable, we remain committed to providing the support at levels you have come to expect from the ULS.

Collection movement

In preparation for the renovation library collections in Hillman need to be either shifted within the building or moved to the Library Storage Facility. Items in this facility can be requested and will be delivered to campus.
The work of moving collections began with the 4th floor, and is continuing with the remaining floors.

What's going where?

4th Floor 

BF1 - HM9999 books have been moved from the 3rd floor to the 4th floor.

General Collection, call numbers A – Z

To storage:

  • Books published on or before 2010 which have never circulated
  • Books published on or before 2005 that have not circulated since 2005
  • Books published on or before 2005 that have circulated two or fewer times

Remaining Ps to Hillman Library Ground Floor Compact Shelving

Remaining Qs-Zs: To Engineering Library, Lower Level

4th Floor Print Journals

2011-present to 2nd Floor, Hillman Library
Print journals prior to 2011 from the 4th floor have gone to Storage except for some browsing titles for which full runs have remained in Hillman Library.

2nd Floor East Asian Library

Approximately 50% of materials to Storage. For more information contact Haihui Zhang (,  Tianni Wang (, or for questions about Japanese materials Hiro Good (

1st Floor Reference Collection

Reference materials published on or before 2005 will be moved to storage unless they have been reviewed for retention or are part of a current standing order or series.

Ground Floor

To storage:

  • Government documents (minus Census materials which are staying in the Ground Floor Compact Shelving) 
  • Print journals (pre-1970) except for the browsing journals  listed above
  • Maps and map cases
  • Microfilm and microfiche