Software Distribution Services


CSSD works with software companies to negotiate site license agreements and cost savings for University students and employees. In addition, CSSD 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 (my.pitt.edu) with a valid University Computing Account. Students can download Microsoft Office, Windows, and many more titles via the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Students, faculty, and staff may also purchase select software titles at the Technical Support Desk at the University Store on Fifth.

All eligible teaching faculty can download many academic courseware titles via the Software Download Service at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu). To access some 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

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

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

Technical Support Desk at the University Store on Fifth

4000 Fifth Avenue






8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


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8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


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12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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