Using Other Libraries

Using Other Libraries

Local Library Catalogs

State, National and International Library Catalogs

University of Pittsburgh Libraries

To borrow books

Get a Special Borrower’s Card

For the list of libraries you can borrow from and other additional information see Special Library Card Borrowing Regulations [.pdf].

To use the online databases

You need to go to one of the following libraries:

Bevier Engineering LibraryHillman Library, or Langley Library.   Ask for guest user ID and password at a circulation desk and be prepared to show your CMU ID card.   A total of 7 simultaneous logins are allowed: one login at Langley, two at Bevier Engineering and four at Hillman.  Bring a flash drive for easy download of information.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

To borrow books

Get a library card

To use the online databases

Research Databases provides a list of all databases and which of those you can remotely log into using your CLP library barcode number. If remote login is not possible, you’ll need to go to the library for access.

Other Area Libraries (CarlowChathamDuquesne, etc)

Go to one of CMU Libraries’ reference desk and request a Lyrasis borrowing form. A librarian will work with you to ensure the book is available and if so, will sign and give you a form to take with you to the area library.

LYRASIS Reciprocal Borrowing Program Policies and Procedures.

Software Engineering Institute Library

To Borrow Books

All CMU affiliates can borrow from this library.  You will be asked to sign in when you enter the building and you must have your CMU ID.  The library is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm, located on the 1st floor at 4500 Fifth Avenue.

Books can be searched through CAMEO or independently browsed on location.

For more information, please contact

For Faculty – PALCI and OCLC

Faculty have direct borrowing privileges from other libraries through two consortium agreements.  Any  circulation desk can provide you with the necessary forms:

PALCI’s Faculty Borrowing program for academic libraries in Pennsylvania.
OCLC’s Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program for peer institutions  in the United States and Canada.

Letters of Introduction

Some research libraries require letters of introduction from your academic library in order to be admitted.  Usually written on CMU letterhead and signed by a librarian, the liaison librarian to your department can help you with this.