The City of Pittsburgh annexed Beechview in 1909. Originally settled by English and Scots-Irish pioneers, Welsh and Irish coal miners and German farmers soon followed. Individuals of Italian and Jewish descent arrived in the years before World War I. Today, the population reflects a rich diversity with the addition of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern residents. Because of the T Line, Beechview aids as a natural connector between the city and the suburbs. CLP – Beechview provides a meeting space for local organizations and serves as a community center, offering programs and services for all ages.
The site of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Beechview was originally home to the Beth El Synagogue, which opened in 1927. The Synagogue moved, and the property at 1910 Broadway Avenue was sold to the City of Pittsburgh, in 1965. CLP – Beechview opened its doors in this space on June 24, 1967 as the 17th branch in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system.
Recently, the Library underwent an extensive renovation so that it could be better positioned to serve its evolving neighborhood. The newly updated and enlarged Library was unveiled to the public on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The location now provides a meeting room for Library and community use, a dedicated space for teens and a lower level devoted to the needs of children.
As a LABS location, Beechview offers innovative programming focused on creative technology and hands-on connective learning for children and teens.
The Library is also home to an expansive Spanish language collection which includes fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels for teens.
The original date stone from 1967 is proudly on display in the building’s patio area. In 2017, CLP – Beechview will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
Our newly renovated space offers bright, open and accessible spaces. Come visit us soon!