COVID-19 Response

Learn how Pitt Law is building a healthy and resilient community

Please Note: The University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Barco Library is OPEN during regular library hours for Pitt Law faculty and students only.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not open to Pitt users outside of Pitt Law; and we are not open to the public. If you have questions, please contact the reference desk at 412-648-1325 or

Our Plan to Keep You Safe

Message from the Deans Office:

Welcome back! It is terrific to see you all again. Whether you are a new student or in your final year, we hope you are finding your way around Barco and settling into your new routine. A few reminders:

You are welcome in Barco. We are trying something new this year by offering everyone 24-hour access, seven days a week, to the Ground Floor, First Floor, and Second Floor (what we often call G, 1, and 2). Our library has also agreed to permit more access to the Fourth Floor beyond the hours when the library is staffed. 

Library Hours

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Fourth Floor open until Midnight)  
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Fourth Floor open until Midnight)
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. (Fourth Floor open until Midnight)

To continue offering this access, we are counting on you to ensure that we have only our law community in the building to keep it safe for everyone. When thinking about your safety, please know that there are security cameras monitoring the open spaces of the building, and there are several emergency phones located throughout the building. If you need emergency help, dial 911 or 412-624-2121.

Remember your Pitt ID. You will need your ID to get into Barco, and you must again tap it at the stand just inside the building every time you come into the building. You will also need to tap it on the elevator to access the library on the Fourth Floor, as well as a few other areas that lock down late1r in the day.

Our designated inside dining area is on G; you are also welcome to eat outside on the patio on 2. We ask that you not eat in the library or at the tables in the foyer on 1. You also should not eat in classrooms, even on the weekends. Please help us both comply with the Pitt face covering requirements and keep our building’s mice and insect population to a minimum.

Please leave the furniture where you find it. We have set up the building at a reduced capacity, around 50%-60% of pre-pandemic occupancy. We need your help to maintain the current setup, which is critical to keeping everyone safe and comfortable in the building.

If you do not feel well, stay home. If you are ill or have been diagnosed with an illness, please contact Dean Allie for instructions on next steps.

Please Note: The University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Barco Library is OPEN for research and reference services only. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not permitted to offer in-person access at this time. If you have questions, please contact the reference desk at 412-648-1325 or

Healthcare Standards & Safety Guidelines

The University of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Advisory Group is overseeing the development of all health-related guidance and requirements and played a vital role in developing the operational postures. 

For Students

In order to welcome students back as safely as possible, Pitt has adopted a phased arrival approach. This approach was developed by our COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) in consultation with the Healthcare Advisory Group. If you are uncomfortable with the University’s shelter-in-place protocols or the thought of being on campus during the pandemic, please remember that you have a choice. You are not required to attend in-person classes and can complete your courses remotely and from a setting of your choosing.

For Faculty and Staff

We are grateful to our Pitt Law faculty and staff for their tremendous dedication, flexibility and patience throughout these difficult and uncertain times. From engaging and supporting our students remotely to conducting scholarly work and keepng our building safe and clean, the people of Pitt Law continue to show resilience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitt Law has developed a comprehensive activity plan for successfully restarting operations and welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus. For more information, please find frequently asked questions pertaining specifically to Pitt Law.