Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Technical Procurement

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The SCS Receiving office will continue to accept package deliveries during normal business hours. Package pickups will be by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment via email to, or by calling 412-268-5600. Please go to the Operations half-door / window, Wean Hall 3612 for scheduled pickups (next door to Receiving), 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 


Need to purchase technical equipment? Need consulting or guidance on your purchase? We provide procurement services for computing equipment and other technology-related items for the SCS community. We also provide consulting and planning for the purchase of equipment and peripherals, especially  for multi-machine research environments, to meet the need presented by each unique situation or requirement.

As general principle, all purchases of capital computer equipment should be arranged through SCS Computing Facilities (capital is when the cost, including shipping, exceeds $5,000). We are also happy to assist you with the purchase of non-capital computing equipment.

Making a Purchase

You can submit a purchase request using our web-based purchasing application available to the SCS community. For more information on our purchasing application along with best-practices, policy information and more, see our SCSCF Purchasing App User Guide

Before you submit your request

To purchase items, please provide the following supporting documentation before submitting your order:

  • The product/part you wish to purchase, the name of the vendor if already chosen and any quote you may have received for the item.
  • The quantity of the product/part that requested for purchase.
  • The timeframe in which you need the item.
  • An Oracle string(s) for the purchase. Note: Capital equipment purchases cannot be made on Oracle strings that are within 90 days of their final close.
  • If your equipment purchase will exceed $3,000 and you are buying with government funds from a non-preferred vendor you must obtain competitive bids and complete pages one and two of the Purchasing Checklist and Bid Summary form  (requires Adobe Acrobat).

We are happy to assist in identifying technical solutions to meet your needs. For questions regarding your purchase, compatibility or upgrade, feel free to submit a Configuration Assistance Request.

Related CMU Policies

For your reference, below we provide links to CMU policies that impact our purchasing practices: