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Two Budgets, One Purpose

All organizations spend money for operating and capital purposes. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh utilizes separate operating and capital budgets in order to successfully provide customers with the best services possible.

The Library's operating budget provides for day-to-day operating expenses such as books, computers, services, utilities and staff, while the capital budget provides funding for much needed improvements to the buildings, including air conditioning, ADA accessibility and technology upgrades.

The two budgets are separate, and funders specify which budget they support. For Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the majority of our operating dollars come from sales tax revenues, via the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Donations to our Capital Campaign are restricted to renovate, build or relocate facilities. For more information about the Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign or to make a donation for capital improvements, please contact Pat Winter at 412.622.8873 or