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Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Beginning Wednesday, September 1, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) will require all public computer users to use their PIN along with their library card number to access the Library's computers.

As part of our efforts to keep your library account safe and secure, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has implemented Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) to help secure library accounts and access certain features or services, including access to library computers.


  • Provides an added layer of security to your library account.
  • Improves the privacy of your account and the material that you access.
  • Allows access to new features. Added tools coming this year include the ability to develop a “Reading History” of your checkouts and a “Wish List” of what you want to read.

When PINs ARE Required

  • PINs will be necessary if you do any of the following online: place your own requests, access eVideos, pay fines or monitor your account.
  • PINs will be required to log on to library computers.
  • PINS will soon be required for using self-checkout machines.

When PINs are NOT Required

  • PINs will not be necessary for borrowing materials in person at any checkout desk.

What You Will Need

  • A VALID e-mail address linked to your library account is crucial to this service. If you forget your PIN, the best way to re-set it is through email notification. We encourage you to include an e-mail address in your record to take full advantage of catalog benefits.

How to create a new PIN:

  1. Go to the My Account Page. If you don't have a PIN, enter your barcode and click submit:

  2. The new page will have two PIN text boxes where you should enter the PIN of your choosing twice and then click SUBMIT

  3. Screenshot of creating a PIN

  4. You will automatically be logged into your account

  5. Screenshot of account home

>> Click here to create a PIN.