Hillman Library Entrance Reopens After 23 Years

Issue Date: 
March 19, 2007

Hillman Library reopened its 1st-floor entrance with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 13.

In use for the first 17 years of the library’s existence, the 1st-floor entrance was closed in 1984 because Hillman officials determined it had become too expensive to staff circulation desks on both the 1st and ground floors.

The refurbished 1st-floor entrance is part of a series of Hillman improvements, including new lighting and carpeting throughout the building, said University Librarian and University Library System Director Rush Miller. Beginning May 1, the concrete veranda outside the entrance will be available for outdoor study and relaxation.

Students and library staff streamed in to Hillman following the ribbon cutting.

Hillman’s 1st floor houses Pitt’s Buhl Collection, African American Collection, K. Leroy Irvis Reading Room, Latin American Reading Room and Eduardo Lozano Collection, and a computer lab.