Library Policies

We are only open to Pitt Law students and faculty.

We are open for research and reference services only. Call the ref. desk (412 648-1325), fill out the Ask a Librarian form or e-mail for assistance. Pitt users may call to make an appointment to use the law library. 

Use of the Library

  • The Barco Law Library serves the faculty and students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Other Pitt patrons may make appointments to use the library during our hours.
    As a Federal Depository Library, our Government Document collection (legislative, regulatory and judicial primary law)  is available for use by the public but we ask users to make an appointment using the Ask a Librarian form, so we can assign a librarian to let you into the library and help you find the government documents you are seeking. Appointments are for one hour. 
  • Borrowing: Non-Law University of Pittsburgh faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) and staff can borrow circulating books for two weeks using their Pitt IDs. Videos, CD's and books in the law library's Commons Collection do not circulate to non-law patrons. Patrons can use the ULS GetIt form to request materials from the law library. 
  • Instruction: The library does not permit any type of instruction by non-University of Pittsburgh instructors on its premises. 


The library has several scanners available for Pitt Law users. Ask at the desk.


Smoking in the library is prohibited.


Beverages are allowed in the library as long as they are contained in spill-proof cups or bottles, but food is not allowed. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs.

Reshelving Materials

Patrons are expected to use books within the general area where they are shelved and are requested to reshelve books without classification numbers after use.