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Allegheny City Historic Reading Room

Andrew Carnegie once referred to Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh's North Side) as his "first love." In 1890, Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny was the first public library in the United States gifted by him. It is in recognition of this legacy, that CLP- Allegheny currently houses a special collection of rare materials dedicated to the history of Allegheny City and the North Side.

Within the 1,100 items held in the Allegheny City Historic Reading Room, you will find local city directories dating from 1815 to the present, historic local maps and bound copies of The Index, a daily North Side newspaper printed between 1911 and 1948. The collection also includes a variety of works written specifically about the history of Allegheny City, Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. For those seeking specific information, there is a large quick reference file onsite and a microfilm collection that includes an assortment of Pittsburgh newspapers.