Pittsburgh Then and Now: Hillman Library

At Hillman Library on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, the most noticeable difference between now and 50 years ago is that there is no longer a baseball stadium nearby.

Courtesy University of Pittsburgh historic photographs


Hillman Library opened on Jan. 8, 1968. It sits in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh campus at the corner of Schenley Drive and Forbes Avenue. In its early days, the library's nearest neighbor was Forbes Field, until the abandoned ballpark was demolished in 1971. Land for the library was donated in the 1950s to the University of Pittsburgh by coal magnate J. Hartwell Hillman Jr. After Forbes Field was gone, three new buildings took its place: Wesley Posvar Hall, David Lawrence Hall and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

photo by cortney peasley

Today, Hillman Library contains approximately 1.5 million volumes, more than 200 computers, study capacity for 1,500 users, numerous departments, service points and specialized collections. 

Pittsburgh Then & Now is a yearlong series in celebration of Pittsburgh Magazine's 50th anniversary where we explore the changes that have happened across the region from 1969 until present-day. Read more Then & Now stories here.

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