Software Distribution Services


Software Distribution Services works with software companies to negotiate site license agreements and cost savings for University students and employees. In addition, Software Distribution Services ensures that all software made available in the labs and classrooms is licensed appropriately for the intended use.

Site-licensed software is made available electronically through My Pitt ( with a valid University Computing Account. Students, faculty, and staff may also purchase software titles at the Software Distribution Service office at 204 Bellefield Hall and the Technology Services Desk at the University Store on Fifth. Students can download Microsoft Office, Windows, and many more titles via the Software Download Service at My Pitt.

All eligible teaching faculty can download more than 75 academic courseware titles via the Software Download Service at My Pitt ( To access academic courseware, faculty members need to install a program called KeyAccess (available from the Software Download Service). The KeyAccess client enables a computer to access the licenses that are needed to run these software applications. A computer must be connected to a PittNet Ethernet port on campus, Wireless PittNet, or the Secure Remote Access Service in Network Connect mode in order run KeyAccess. KeyCheckout, a feature of KeyAccess, offers faculty the ability to check out licenses to use certain software programs on their computer locally without the need to be online. KeyCheckout is available for more than 50 popular titles. The software license may be checked out from one day to a maximum time of five weeks. This program is ideal for faculty members who travel or want to work from home without being online.

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Software Distribution Locations

Software Distribution Locations

Most student software can be downloaded at no cost via the Software Download Service at My Pitt.

You can purchase software at the following locations. A current Pitt ID is required.

Software Distribution Services (SDS)

204 Bellefield Hall
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (closed University holidays).

University Store on Fifth (CSSD Technology Services Counter)
4000 Fifth Avenue

  • Sunday: noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    (Note: the store closes at 6:00 p.m., but you can access the CSSD Technical Support Desk via the quad entrance.)
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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