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Program Statement


The main functions of the new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown are:

  • to provide general library services to customers, mostly commuters, who are seeking general reading material and basic reference information
  • to serve customers seeking information in the area of business, including personal finance, investing, taxes, retirement planning, consumer issues, job seeking and resume writing
  • to serve customers using the Foundation Center to seek funding for grants, etc.

To serve customers seeking general reading material, information and our readers advisory services, there will be a wide selection of circulating materials and a basic ready reference collection. Staff will provide general ready reference services via these collections and via electronic information. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Downtown will continue our Best Sellers collection, a general "commuter" collection of popular print, audio and video materials, and fiction and non-fiction collections. There will be a basic collection of children's materials. We will continue to have public access computers and a selection of popular magazines and newspapers.

Our business services will provide up-to-date printed materials, both circulating and reference, as well as an enhanced set of business databases. Our business librarians will provide assistance and service to in-person, phone, e-mail and fax customers using the business collections. Areas of emphasis will be small business, job search, and investment . There will be regularly scheduled public business programs. Also housed at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -Downtown will be the Foundation Center, where users can research grant writing and fund raising.

First Floor (General Services):

The first floor of our new facility will be geared towards the popular library materials and services such as fiction & non-fiction collections, public access computers, and library card registration and circulation services.

  • There will be a first floor reference desk where customers can obtain readers advisory information and help with general reference information. Often-used reference materials will be shelved adjacent to the desk for easy access.
  • A browsing area near the entrance will house popular magazines and the best seller collection.
  • There will be 15 personal computers available for use by the general public.
  • There will be 2 "Catalog Only" personal computers for customers to check Library holdings.
  • A selfserve check out station will be available.
  • There will be display areas for timely library materials.
  • We will continue to have teen and children's materials.
  • There will be general collections of audio and video materials in VHS, cassette, CD and DVD formats.
  • The Library will have a meeting room which seats 49 people. We will continue to provide business and general public programs in this space.

Lower Level (Business):

Our Lower Level will be focused on our outstanding business services, which we have been providing since 1937.

  • The Business Reference desk, which will house the Business visitor and telephone services, will be adjacent to the stairs and elevator for easy public access. The Business ready reference collection will be housed in this area.
  • 14 public computers will be available in our Business Department. Many of those will be reserved for business research and have specialized business databases.
  • The assistive technology workstation, including Braille printer, will be housed in the Business Department. We will provide access to computer software for screen enlargement and for screen-reading, plus a Braille printer, to provide computer access for people with print disabilities. There will be an acoustic cover for the Braille printer.
  • Customers may browse circulating and non-circulating business materials in new stacks. The Job and Career Education Center collection will be interfiled with the business collection. In addition, there will be shelving for historical securities resources (Moodys, etc.).
  • SCORE will continue to provide services one day per week in the business department.
  • The Foundation Center will be housed adjacent to the Business Department. Customers can research grant writing and fund raising via special electronic and print collections. The Foundation Center will have a public service desk and 4 public computers dedicated for this use.
  • The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue to provide public photocopiers and printing stations to help serve the needs of our library users.

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