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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library Reopens

Normal operations resume Thursday, September 21st

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

On Sunday, September 17, 2023 at approximately 10:20 am a small fire was detected in a lower-level mechanical room at Carnegie Library’s Main campus in Oakland. The fire was quickly extinguished by Pittsburgh Fire and was contained to an isolated area. The building is safe and structurally sound, but portions of the Library’s internal systems, including the HVAC, IT network and public access elevator were affected.

Approximately 30 patrons and staff were in the building at the time of the incident and were safely evacuated. No injuries were reported and none of the Library’s collections sustained damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

Areas of the building may remain closed or limited to the public to allow crews to clean and make repairs to the affected systems. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we work to reestablish library services at this location.  


About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - To Foster Literacy, Enable Exploration and Create Connections with Our Neighbors

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh supports individual and collective achievement, access to knowledge, and a sense of joy and belonging. Through the community’s investment, the Library is enhancing the lives of people in the greater Pittsburgh region with dynamic and diverse resources such as creative learning programs for children and teens, job and career assistance for our community's workforce, and free computer and Internet access for all. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh builds community, enables learning, provides access and values people.


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