Overview & Background
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is a public trust, created in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie. There are 19 libraries in the City of Pittsburgh. Andrew Carnegie is best known for his gift of libraries to cities across the country. Carnegie did not leave any money or an endowment; his gifts were buildings.
- Databases for research
- Free internet access
- Music, movies
- Storytime for children, book clubs for adults and teens
- Outreach to schools, day care centers, senior high-rise and other groups.
- Meeting room use by local organizations
- Great librarians and staff.
CLP - Hill serves residents from all over the City of Pittsburgh, but the primary areas include the residents of Upper, Middle & Lower Hill, Bedford Dwellings, Addison Oak Hill, Uptown / Bluff. There are approximately 18,000 residents, which includes students from Duquesne and surrounding universities.
In 2002, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh undertook planning effort to revitalize our library system. Homewood was the first library renovated and reopened in November 2003. Brookline, Hazelwood, Oakland, Downtown & Squirrel Hill Libraries have since been relocated or renovated. Our newest renovated location, Woods Run, officially opened on August 5.
In anticipation of building a new library in the Hill District, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh consolidated operations in the Hill (MLK Reading Center and Hill Library) and is now operating only 1 location in the neighborhood, the library located on Dinwiddie Street. On April 25, we began our community planning process for the locations in the Hill District.
Since April, the residents, library users, officials, organizations and institutions are working with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to design a library that serves the needs of the community and the City of Pittsburgh. See our Planning Recap.
- Engage library users, residents and stakeholders
- Update facilities to provide 21st century library service
- Create state of the art buildings that will attract more people to visit and use the library
- Design efficient buildings that are convenient and accessible to customers of all ages
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hill Community Partners are State Senator Jim Ferlo, State Representative Jake Wheatly, Councilwoman Tonya Payne, the Friends of the Hill Library, Hill Consensus Group, Hill House, Hill CDC, Centre Avenue Stakeholders and many other organizations & individuals.
- New site at Centre & Kirkpatrick Streets
- Very preliminary budget of $2-3 million
- More than ½ the funding is raised to date
- Community design process started on April 25
- Hope to break ground at the end of the year!!
For more information, please contact Joyce Broadus, Manager at 412.281-3753