CLP – Mt. Washington is Expanding

Library to close Saturday, June 15 in preparation of year-long expansion/renovation project

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is preparing for the expansion and renovation of one of the city’s historic neighborhood libraries. Located at 315 Grandview Avenue overlooking Downtown Pittsburgh, CLP – Mt. Washington is a well-utilized community resource for residents of Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights, Allentown and Beltzhoover, and visitors from around the world who come to enjoy the view and ride the inclines. The Library is making a $4.1 million investment to ensure that the space is accessible, comfortable and meets the growing needs of the community.

In order to preserve the historic fabric and designation of the Library, a two-story extension will be added to the rear of the building. Elagin Architecture is designing the project that features:

  • 2,721 square feet of additional space (making the Library 46% larger)
  • New slate roof with new copper gutters and downspouts
  • ADA-compliant facility including new entrance ramp, elevator and restrooms
  • Energy efficient HVAC, electrical and lighting systems
  • Dedicated areas for children, teens and adults, as well as spaces for community meetings 


In order to make these much-anticipated improvements, CLP – Mt. Washington will close at 5 pm on Saturday, June 15.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

To celebrate, the community is invited to join representatives from Chatham Village from 12 – 4 pm on Saturday, June 15 for an ice cream social. The Library will have outdoor activities for the whole family and architectural renderings of the new space will be onsite.

“With each renovated library, there is a renewed sense of excitement,” said Mary Frances Cooper, president & director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “Our goal is that families with young children will enjoy exploring the engaging, colorful environment; teens will benefit from the space designed just for them; and adults will find the resources they need – whether it is a comfortable place or information on starting a new business or exploring a new career.”

CLP – Mt. Washington is the 18th project in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Libraries for LIFE neighborhood library revitalization program. While construction is underway, the community is encouraged to use recently renovated CLP – Beechview (1910 Broadway Avenue) as well as any of the other libraries in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system and throughout Allegheny County. Library staff will maintain a presence in the community and continue outreach efforts to schools and community organizations.

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