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Information for International Students

This guide provides information about using the library at Pitt, including help with researching, writing, and citing.


This guide was created with extensive work by Chaowanli Wang, Bevier Engineering Library intern, Spring 2015.

Did you know?

"The log cabin near the Cathedral of Learning symbolizes Pitt’s origins as a frontier academy of higher learning. Estimated to date from the 1820s or 1830s, the cabin was reconstructed on campus for the University’s bicentennial in 1987."

Source: University of Pittsburgh Tour. Log Cabin. Website. Accessed June 11, 2015 from



University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning

Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh for your academic pursuit! Whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate, you will certainly enjoy the friendly and comfortable setting, rich learning and research resources, and first-class user-centered services that the University Library System (ULS) will provide to you.

As an international student, you may find our libraries to be different than the ones in your home countries. This guide will provide you with information about using the University Library System (ULS) at Pitt, conducting research at a Western university, and writing and avoiding plagiarism in your academic papers.

We hope to frequently see you in the library, and we are ready to offer our help whenever you need it. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Good luck on your academic and research endeavors at Pitt!


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University Library System (ULS)

The ULS includes 7 libraries in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, as well as 4 libraries at our branch campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. As a Pitt student, you have access to all libraries, so feel free to study in the ones that are most convenient for you. Below you will find a map showing the locations of the libraries on the Pittsburgh campus. 

Please follow this link to see the hours for all libraries: