Frequently Asked Questions

When will Falk Library construction begin and how long will it take?

Due to Falk Library’s location in Scaife Hall, there will be two phases of construction. As part of the West Wing enabling project, work in and around the library will begin in early May and continue through the fall of 2019. Phase II, in tandem with Scaife Hall’s West Wing construction, is slated to begin in the fall of 2019 and continue through 2021.

Will HSLS continue to have classes and other programming during the construction?

Where are all the books?

Falk’s 29,738 bound journals, and 63,651 monographs will be packed, transported, and re-shelved at Pitt's Thomas Blvd storage facility. Although housed off-site, the materials will be readily accessible via a HSLS Document Delivery Request.

The Current Collection, which includes recently published reference and scholarly books as well as behavioral, information, social sciences, and popular health sciences non-fiction books, is a companion to HSLS’s extensive ebook collection. The Current Collection will remain at Falk Library for the duration of the construction project.

The Leisure Reading Collection and our Rare and Special Collections will also remain on-site.

Is there an online copy of the journal or book that I need?

Will the library be noisy during the construction?

There will be some disruption as the construction moves through different phases. For those times, designated quiet study areas may change. In addition, complementary ear plugs are available at the Main and Technology Help Desks. During the construction of new History of Medicine room, the majority of the work is scheduled to be completed between midnight and 6 a.m.

Will the Library stay open during construction?

The plan is to maintain regular hours throughout all phases of the project. If at any time construction demands that we modify hours, patrons will be informed via our digital displays, the HSLS website, and social media.

Will I be able to book a library group study room?

Will the library’s computers/technology be available?

Computers, copiers, printers, and the scan stations will be available throughout the construction project, but some may be moving to new locations to accommodate construction and space changes.

What will be in the renovated and expanded new library space?

  • New entry way with redesigned lobby
  • New spaces for quiet study, research, and group work
  • Upgraded lighting and power sources
  • New furniture and carpeting
  • Expanded technology
  • New restrooms
  • Redesigned Rare Book Room