Library Services for Finals and Term Papers

As hard as it may be to believe, the end of the Fall 2020 semester is on the horizon! As you turn toward final exams, research term papers, and finalize thesis topics, we at Pitts wish you the best of luck! Below are some reminders about library usage.

Library Space

Students who are approved to be on campus can reserve seats for 90 minute blocks in Pitts, until Thanksgiving, when Pitts will close to patrons. While the circulating and reference materials remain accessible to library staff only, students can use the library as a quiet space to study and write while on campus. Printers and scanners are also available for students, faculty, and staff. To reserve seats, visit the Pitts reservations page. For more information on using the library space, visit the Pitts Librarians’ Blog. Don’t forget that Woodruff Library also has study spaces available for reservation.

Accessing Books

Even though patrons can’t access the stacks to browse the shelves or pick a book up, requesting an item from circulating materials has never been easier! Each day, library staff process new book requests, pull items from the shelves, and check them out for pick up. Make your request, watch for your confirmation email, and set aside time to pick up your books. For more, follow the instructions on our special Requests page.

Are you unable to come to campus or just prefer using ebooks? You’re In luck! Since last spring, Pitts has purchased hundreds of new ebooks that can be accessed anywhere. Finding ebooks is as easy as doing a keyword or item search in discoverE and limiting your results to “ebook” or “Full Access Online.” Visit Pitts’ YouTube page to see a short how-to video about finding ebooks.

Scan Requests

Need an article that isn’t available online or a section of a commentary or other book on Reference? Simply visit, to find instructions for placing a scan request. Once you make your request, library staff will be hard at work to get that scan to you within 48. Be sure to follow the instructions to automate the delivery process. If you have any questions just ask.

Research Consultations

Pitts Reference Librarians have you covered for every step in your research process. We’re here to help with everything from finding the perfect research question to using citation software. Even though we can’t meet with you at the Reference Desk, we are more than happy to chat or Zoom with you. Just schedule an appointment with us!