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Urban Studies and Urban Affairs Resources - Oakland Campus: Library Services

This guide serves as a resource to the interdisciplinary field of urban affairs and urban studies. It supports both GSPIA's Center for Metropolitan Studies and the Urban Studies program.

Library Services

The Table below lists most of the services available to the university community. 

In addition, subject specialist Librarians  are available for class instruction and creating research guides (like this one) for courses, assignments, or other academic activities. Contact Boris Michev, Urban Studies liaison librarian at or Lois Kepes, GSPIA/Economics Librarian at for more information!

Service Description Undergraduate Graduate Faculty
Get It! Get books, articles, and other materials from another Pitt library, branch campus, or storage (excluding HSLS and Law Library)  
EZ Borrow Get books from participating institutionsin a network of over 75 libraries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia, with 6-week loan period + 6 week renewal!      
Interlibrary Loan Get books, articles, and other materials from libraries across the world    
Reciprocal Borrowing Borrow books at Carnegie Mellon University and other local institutions using your Pitt ID  
Document Scanning Have library documents scanned for you and delivered electronically      
Purchase Request - Books Request the library purchase a book  
Purchase Request - CDs, DVDs, etc. Request the library purchase non-book materials    
Electronic Theses and Dissertations Get help putting together your electronic Baccalaureate Thesis, Masters Thesis, or Dissertation    
Full Term Loan Period Check books out for the entire term      
Course Reserves Put books and other materials on reserve or ereserve for your courses    
Proxy Borrowers Assign a staff member or graduate student to check materials out for you    
Donate Books/Journals Donate books to the ULS for reuse    
LibGuides Work with the ULS to create a research guide for your department, course, or assignment  
Library Instruction Bring a Librarian into your class or bring your class into the library for instruction on library resources  
Digital Publishing Partner with the ULS to publish your scholarly material