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Resources and services available the the CMU libraries.


The library liaisons for SCS can connect you with the libraries’ services, purchase items for the collections, and help you with general information needs. Any of us can help you, but we do have assigned departments as well. See below.

Lauren Herckis: HCII, LTI, ISR, RI

Jessica Benner: CSD, ML

Here are a few basic orientation slides about Using the Libraries. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. We are available for remote/virtual research consultations, as well as classroom visits. In addition, we can assist you or your students with any needed purchases for teaching or research and connect you with other specialists across the libraries as needed.

Open Access updates

The CMU Libraries support Open Access publishing in many ways. The Libraries have Open Access agreements with various publishers, such as, Elsevier, ACM, PLoS, Cambridge, and Wiley. Any CMU corresponding author publishing their work in the journals and some proceedings published by these publishers is eligible for open access default publishing option and no APC fund is needed. Articles in Open Access journals without a CMU corresponding author can still be made OA using the Libraries’ APC fund to pay some of the OA publishing fees. See CMU’s APC webpage for more information and to apply for APC funds.

If you are a corresponding author publishing in an open journal or hybrid journal with intentions to move to open outside of the publishers above, you may be eligible for support from our Article Processing Charge Fund.  


  • The Libraries Catalog contains records for the majority of our physical and digital collections. Resource types include: books, peer-reviewed articles, eBooks, journals, music scores, audio CDs, conference proceedings, reports, government documents, film, dissertations, theses, newspaper articles, book reviews and digital images.
  • If you need access to materials that CMU does not own, you may be able to request materials from other institutions using the ILLiad or E-Z Borrow Services.
  • Reserve a spot for quiet or collaborative study in Hunt or Sorrells libraries using our seat and study room reservation system.
  • Explore our growing technology collection of devices that are available for you to borrow, including iPads, calculators, charging cables, headphones, portable DVD drives, music foot pedals and more.
  • All CMU faculty, staff and students can access The New York TimesWall Street Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web content through the library.                          
  • The Libraries’ unique and rare collections housed in the University Archives and Special Collections preserve and share the legacy of CMU for generations to come.
  • Our public workshops are being offered either in person or virtually this semester. Find sessions on topics like data visualization, R, data and citation management, citizen science and more. Explore the events calendar to see what else is coming up.
  • Faculty and researchers can publish their work open access free of charge with many publishers thanks to the Open Access agreements.
  • Scholars@CMU is a profile service supported by Elements that allows faculty to curate a scholarly profile and indicate their willingness and availability for media appearances and journalistic or other public engagements. View our self-help guide or see examples to get started.
  • Meet funders’ open access requirements when you deposit your scholarly outputs and research data in KiltHub, the comprehensive institutional repository and research collaboration platform for CMU.

Service updates 

The Libraries would like to highlight our services such as Research Metrics Services, Research Data Management, Open Science & Data Collaborations, and Evidence Synthesis Services. Librarians trained to provide these services would be happy to support your department. If you’re interested, sign up for the University Libraries’ newsletter for monthly features, tips, news, service, and collections updates.

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