CLP - South Side may look and feel different, but the renovations have only enhanced the Library's appeal on East Carson Street!
When it was built in 1909, CLP - South Side was responsible for helping the immigrant community acclimate to life in the U.S. More than 60 percent of the neighborhood's population was foreign-born, and in the first weeks of opening customers requested books in Polish, German, Lithuanian, Serbian, Italian, French, Croatian, Hungarian, Swedish and Yiddish - in that order of popularity.
The addition of an elevator makes all three floors of the Library accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The renovation also includes a new front entrance staircase, redesigned spaces for children, teens and adults and several community meeting rooms.
For the first time in its 103-year history, CLP - South Side has air conditioning! Thanks to a geothermal heating and cooling system, the first of its kind in a Pittsburgh library, the building will remain cool in the summer and eliminate the need of natural gas to heat the facility in the winter.
CLP - South Side is one of four library locations in the City to host The Labs @ CLP, a digital media lab and free space for teenagers to "geek out" at the Library. The Labs offers computers, equipment and software for filmmaking, photography, graphic design, digital crafts, music production, stop-motion animation and more.
The Library is a busy place. Since its grand reopening in September, library users have borrowed 9,952 items!
Douglas Perry, a resident of Phoenix, AZ, holds the distinction of being the first customer to enter the newly-renovated building. He was visiting the area and needed to use the Library during his stay in Pittsburgh.
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