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Latest Update: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 09:42:55 AM

The University of Pittsburgh Library System is committed to supporting all of our faculty, students, and researchers as the University transitions to online instruction. Please check this page frequently, as we are constantly updating it. Additional important information and updates relevant to the University of Pittsburgh community will be posted at the Office of Public Safety & Emergency Management.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together in a situation that is unfamiliar territory for all of us.

Building Access

Please note: As of Thursday, March 19, all ULS locations are closed until further notice. Access to physical materials is restricted to items that can be scanned by our on-site staff and delivered electronically. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do with my checked-out materials? 
You do not need to renew or return your materials to the library at this time, even if they are overdue. We are working on extending due dates. Please be assured that no fines will be imposed.

How do I search the catalog for full text online books and journal articles?
Enter your query into PittCat+ search as usual. Then, filter your results by clicking “Full Text Online” in the “Refine Your Search” sidebar. You will find hundreds of thousands of e-books and e-journal articles, freely available for Pitt affiliates.

How can the print materials currently on reserve for my class get transferred to electronic reserves?
Please complete the eReserves request form.

How do I access materials from Archives & Special Collections?
Please contact Archives & Special Collections directly via the Ask an Archivist Form.

Can students and staff access lockers and carrels in the library?
At this time, all ULS facilities are closed. If you need to access items stored in a locker or carrel, please Ask Us.

How can I access physical materials for my research?
Although worldwide access to physical materials is very limited at this time, please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.

How can I get remote help with my research? 
We have subject specialist librarians for over 70 areas. Click here to find yours. We also provide Digital Scholarship Services and Electronic Theses & Dissertation Support.

​​​Remote Access to Library Resources

Support for Online Teaching

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ULS Director, Kornelia Tancheva at