Helpful Info for New and Returning Users
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries welcome all new and returning students, staff, and faculty to the start of the fall 2020 semester! Feel free to reach out to our friendly faculty and staff in the Libraries at any time to help you get acquainted with our many services, events, workshops, and technologies available to you.
Visiting Our Spaces
For the fall 2020 hybrid semester, the Libraries are introducing new protocols at our three Pittsburgh locations: Hunt Library, Sorrells Engineering and Science Library and Mellon Institute Library. Additional guidance is available for our Qatar library.
- Access to the Libraries' facilities is restricted to current CMU students, staff, and faculty members.
- All visitors who intend to study in Hunt and Sorrells Libraries must reserve their seat ahead of their visit. The Mellon Library space will be accessible for those who already have clearance to enter the Institute.
- The second and fourth floors of Hunt Library will be closed to the public.
- The Hunt Library stacks will be closed and items will be retrieved by employees. The Sorrells Library stacks will remain open for requests, browsing and self-checkout. The Mellon Library stacks will remain open for requests and, for Mellon affiliates, browsing and self-checkout.
Accessing Resources from Off-Campus
- Connect with library resources, no matter where you are, with CMU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). You will be prompted to log in with your Andrew ID and password. See these instructions for guidance.
Exploring Our Collections
- Search our collections for eBooks, e-journals, or databases by subject or media type, including streaming video and audio. Utilize mobile eBook readers and other apps to streamline your remote experience.
- Find course reserves
- Log in to My Account to see what you have checked out and see when your items are due.
- Many of CMU’s own special collections are digitized and available online.
- Our subject specialists have curated an up-to-date list of free textbooks and expanded resources to support hybrid teaching and learning. Publishers are making their content more freely available. This Publisher Access Changes List features the latest updates.
Connecting with a Specialist
- There are many ways to connect with librarians and subject specialists for quick questions or consultations, including phone, e-mail, chat, or Zoom web conference. Contact a specialist directly to make an appointment, or e-mail us with a general inquiry.
- Prepared by subject specialists, these research guides list the best databases and other resources for specific classes or subjects.
- Attend a workshop to learn a new skill, deepen your understanding of a specific topic, or gain exposure to an unfamiliar technology, tool, or technique.
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Be sure to visit the Getting Started pages:: Using the Libraries