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Libraries for Life: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Capital Campaign

Libraries for LIFE
Capital Campaign,
Building Communities, Enriching Lives

While Andrew Carnegie provided the seed money to build the library facilities, he did not leave an endowment for their ongoing operations and maintenance. Thanks to the generosity of private and public funders, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's first-ever capital campaign was a great success-raising $58.1 million to revitalize neighborhood libraries. Contributions to the Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign have funded renovations at eleven libraries (see list below). Additional spruce up projects are planned at the remaining branches to ensure that each facility has upgraded heating and cooling systems, is accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has enhanced technology needed for a 21st century library. While the Capital Campaign concluded in 2010, the Library's need for capital funds has not. To learn how your investment in libraries makes a difference or for giving opportunities, please contact Pat Quinn Winter at 412-622-6276 or visit



The Library maintains two separate budgets - one for operating costs and one for capital.

Many renovated branches of the Library are Going Green.

Completed Projects
Allegheny - New construction; opened 2009
Brookline - Renovation; reopened 2004
Downtown & Business - Relocation; reopened 2005
East Liberty - Renovation/Expansion; reopened 2010
Hazelwood - Relocation; reopened 2004
Hill District - New construction; opened 2008
Homewood - Historic renovation; reopened 2003
Main Library - Partial renovation; 2004
South Side - Historic renovation; reopened 2012
Squirrel Hill - Renovation; reopened 2005
Woods Run - Renovation; reopened 2006 (Silver LEEDTM Certification)
Additional Information
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