We’re Back … Almost!

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

Thank you for keeping our books and other library materials safe during the COVID-19 pandemic closure. We know how stressful the past few months have been and we are waiving all fines on library materials for the foreseeable future. When and where to return library materials continues to be one of the most asked questions around our reopening plan.

Good news! On Monday, June 15, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and our colleagues around the county are hosting a one-day book return event.

** Please read carefully for book drop locations and times **

Participating locations:

Monday, June 15

9 am – 12 pm

Oakmont Carnegie Library (drive up offered)
700 Allegheny River Blvd., 15139

Whitehall Public Library
100 Borough Park Dr., 15236

9 am – 5 pm

Lebanon Public Library 16 Castle Shannon Blvd., 15228

10 am – 5 pm

CLP – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street, 15212

CLP – Brookline
708 Brookline Blvd., 15226

CLP – East Liberty
130 S. Whitfield Street, 15206

CLP – Hill District
2177 Centre Avenue, 15219

CLP – Main (Oakland)
4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213

CLP – West End
47 Wabash Street, 15220

1 – 4 pm

Northern Tier Regional Library (drive up only)
4015 Dickey Rd., 15044

Robinson Township Library (drive up only)
1000 Church Hill Rd., 15205

If you are unable to return your books on the 15th, don’t panic. Many libraries are currently accepting book returns. Please check with your neighborhood library for details. If you are not able or are uncomfortable returning your items at this time, please hold onto them until we are able to welcome you back into the Library.

During the event, we ask that you respect social distancing protocols and wear a face covering. If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not visit the Library. 

A quick note: returned items will not be immediately reflected in your account. To limit the spread of COVID-19, libraries are quarantining all items for at least 72 hours before handling. If your account is not updated within seven business days, please let us know.

Curbside Service

Starting June 23 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will offer curbside service at the following locations to pick up items already placed on hold (Tuesday – Saturday; 10 am – 5 pm):

  • CLP – Allegheny
  • CLP – Brookline
  • CLP – East Liberty
  • CLP – Hill District
  • CLP – Main (Oakland)


This is the first step in our phased reopening plan. Outdoor book return bins will be conveniently located during curbside hours to accept items you wish to return. At this time, staff are not able to take items directly from you.

Staff have already begun calling patrons whose requested items are ready. Holds placed prior to April 8, 2020 will be fulfilled in the order in which they were received. As our ability to distribute materials resumes, you will receive notices via email, telephone or text. When you get this notice, please call the location on the notice to arrange a pick-up time.  We appreciate your patience – we have a lot of requests to fill!

Our Commitment to You!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has joined a group of 30 museums and cultural institutions from across Southwestern Pennsylvania to collaboratively prepare for our organization’s safe re-opening. We are working together to develop and share best practices, in conjunction with federal, state and local recommendations. These best practices will reflect the unique needs of our Library and will help to ensure that you feel comfortable and prepared when you return to our spaces.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - To Engage our Community in Literacy and Learning

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is supporting individual achievement and strengthening the power of community. 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.