COVID-19 Response

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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

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

Wear a Mask and Keep Your Distance

We are very happy to see that so many coming into Barco. It is great to have you here! With the long break and so many of you new to how we do things, we thought it would help to remind everyone of our rules while in Barco. I also note that we have many more university personnel walking through our halls and rooms, so it is even more important that we stay alert.

  • You are permitted to be in your assigned library space at any time during open library hours. No food or drink is permitted in the library. If there is someone at the table you have been assigned to or within 6 feet of your seat, you may alert the library staff and change your seat for the day. If you do make a change, please wipe down your area when you are done. (It is a good practice to wipe down your area whenever you are done for the day even when at your assigned space.)
  • If you are studying on G or on 1, you are permitted to eat in the student group conference room without a mask. You are also permitted to eat standing at the bar outside of Sidebar café. When you are done eating, your mask must go back on. We also ask that, if you are not eating, you leave the conference room so that others may eat in that space.
  • You may have a drink in any area of G or 1. You may remove your mask to drink and then must immediately put it back on.
  • You must also, at all times, sit only at the assigned seats in a room, which are at least 6 feet apart.
  • If you are found sitting closer together and/or unmasked and not actively eating or drinking, we will warn you. If you are found for a second time in violation of the rules, you may have your ability to be in our spaces curtailed.

Thank you again for your help. I know these requirements feel tedious at times and, as someone who regularly sits at her seat masked, I appreciate the extra effort they require. Just remember that we are in this together. We have several people who come in every day to help make everything we do possible. It is very important that we do not put any of us, including any of you, at risk.

With deepest gratitude,

Dean Amy

Barco Law Building Access

The university has made a change to Barco building access. The good news is that you will not have to swipe/tap to get in the front doors between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. (These doors remain the only ones that are available for you to enter the building.) You will still need to swipe/tap at the station inside the doors and do a thermal scan. The bad news is that the change has required us to lock our internal doors and the elevators. This means you will need to swipe/tap to get to the 4th floor-either on the elevator or from the stairs--as well as to get into the Alcoa Room and a few other spaces.

We also need your help: Non-law students and non-law personnel are permitted to enter Barco and attend/conduct classes. In order to ensure there is adequate space for all of you, they must leave when their classes conclude. If you find someone who is not abiding by the rules, let us know immediately--LuAnn Driscoll in Room 101, or email or Dean Amy. And remember, when in doubt as to whether someone is a law student, ask who their instructor was for Torts.

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.