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New Downtown Library Location Suits Customers

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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(Pittsburgh, PA --- Thursday, March 11, 2004 *) Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announced today that it has reached a lease agreement with Montour Way Associates, part of the McKnight Group, to relocate its downtown services to 612 Smithfield Street.

The 10-year lease is for approximately 12,300 sq. ft. of the building adjacent to the Brooks Brothers clothing store and includes first floor storefront and lower level space. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also has the option to renew the agreement for two additional five-year terms.

"We are delighted to reach agreement for this space in the heart of downtown, which will permit us to continue to provide excellent library services to the business community," said Library Director Herb Elish.

The new facility, which is being designed by Pittsburgh-architects from Burt Hill Kosar and Rittelmann, is expected to open in late 2004.

"With the addition of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, we have another prominent anchor in this strategically located downtown building. Both our 612 Smithfield and Heinz 57 Center tenants are eagerly awaiting the Library's opening since the added traffic should have a positive impact on their businesses, " said William Rudolph, one the building owners.

At the new location, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue to provide all of the services now being offered to downtown customers as follows:

  • Business Collection and Services - Professional business librarians and a wide range of print and electronic resources will cover entrepreneurship, small business, local company information, market research, demographics, investing, taxation, personal finance, consumer issues, career assistance, and job searching, along with free noontime business programs every Thursday.
  • Popular Library materials will include a Bestsellers collection, the latest newspapers and magazines, videos and audiotapes, popular topics, books for children and teens, an information desk and lunchtime programming every Tuesday.
  • Free Internet access from nearly 30-networked computers will be available to the public, and will include more than 90 databases covering all topics but with a focus on business, job searching and grant seeking.
  • The Foundation Center offers a rich calendar of programs on nonprofit subjects including seminars on the basics of the grantseeking process, computer resources, proposal writing, fundraising, and board issues. Staffed with librarians trained in nonprofit resources, the Center provides one-on-one guidance in retrieving funder and grant information from a variety of comprehensive grantmaker databases and directories, as well as assisting in other critical nonprofit research.
To learn more about Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Capital Improvement Program, visit www.carnegielibrary.org and click on "Capital Improvements."

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:

A contemporary and vibrant institution, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be recognized as the region's best information resource. It will serve as an essential community anchor by promoting positive change and helping neighborhoods to flourish. By embracing the future while guarding tradition, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be a preferred destination for knowledge, entertainment and social interaction.

About Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates: "Providing Knowledge-based Design"

Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates carries a 65-year history of award-winning innovation and design. With 350 employees operating as a virtual firm in six locations, we draw upon the resources of the entire practice to create seamless, multi-disciplinary teams tailored to meet the needs of each client and project.

* last updated in November 2004


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Through its Main Library and network of neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in western Pennsylvania. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a community anchor and gateway to literature, culture, music, history, business and technology. Major funding for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh comes from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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