Library Policies

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only open to Pitt Law students and faculty.

We are not permitted to offer in-person access to anyone else at this time. We are open for research and reference services only. Call the ref. desk (412 648-1325), fill out an "Ask a Librarian" form or e-mail for assistance.

Use of the Library

  • The Barco Law Library serves the faculty and students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, but our legal resources are available to anyone needing to do legal research. As a Federal Depository Library, our Government Document collection is available for use by the public at large. 
  • Admittance to the library is restricted in the evening after 5:00 p.m. to Pitt law students and patrons doing legal research. 
  • 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.
  • Instruction: The library does not permit any type of instruction by non-University of Pittsburgh instructors on its premises. Instructors of graduate courses at the University may hold a class in the library under certain conditions but must contact the library to make arrangements.

Internet Use

There are 3 Pitt computers available for public use that may only be used to conduct legal research. Public patron usage is limited to 45 minutes. Public patrons must provide valid ID and register with the library desk to use the computers.


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.