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In addition to artisan cheeses, fresh produce and mouth-watering pastries, shoppers and visitors to Pittsburgh's Strip District are finding something a bit out of the ordinary - a full service Library!

This spring, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh extended weekend services to the Pittsburgh Public Market (PPM), providing a convenient space for people to borrow materials, register for a library card, pick up or drop off library materials and access the Internet and library catalog from an express computer hub. The pilot is part of the Library's LYNCS (the Library in Your Neighborhood, Community and School) initiative.

Molly Krichten, LYNCS Coordinator, worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh's iSchool, calling the graduate students from the Library & Information Sciences program "indispensible" in the development and launch of library services in the PPM. Each week, interns work alongside library staff providing the best possible user experience for first-time visitors as well as regulars who like the convenience of picking up new books with their weekly shopping.

The PPM is the first of several locations where customers can interact with LYNCS staff. This summer, the Library had an increased presence at the Tuesday Reading Room at Market Square and extended its reach to communities by participating in community festivals, including Pride Fest, Morningside Community Day and the Polish Hill Arts Festival. Each visit brings something new - everything from materials and booksales, to children's crafts, digital Gadget Labs complete with eReaders and MP3 players and programming such as "30 Books in 30 Minutes," a fast-paced activity that challenges staff to share 30 great titles in just 30 minutes.

"We are reaching people where they work, live and shop," explains Ms. Krichten. "People are seeing the Library as more than just a building. The ability to get out into the community, serve as ambassadors for the city and showcase our services is invaluable."

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