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Realize: Our Power, Our Potential

Andrew Carnegie once envisioned public libraries as places of learning and equal opportunity. Since 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has grown and changed right along with our community as we work to engage people in literacy and learning.

In response to our community’s evolving needs, we have set a course to transform library services and help shape the region’s future in three key areas: education, workforce and economic development, and neighborhood vitality.

In 2015, our Board launched Realize: Our Power, Our Potential. This multi-phased major gift initiative is designed to strengthen the Library and ensure its long-term financial health for current and future generations. With your help, the Library has raised almost $38 million towards our $50 million goal. We invite you to learn more about how you can be a part of this community-wide initiative.

Special projects include:

Re-Imagining CLP – Downtown
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is welcoming Pittsburghers back to our newly expanded CLP – Downtown location at 612 Smithfield Street. The $5.3 million state-of-the-art facility provides library services to the thousands of people who live, work, study and visit Downtown Pittsburgh. You can take a virtual tour and watch the official ribbon-cutting here.

Bigger, brighter and more beautiful, the reimagined CLP – Downtown was designed to provide enhanced services for people stopping in to pick up a book, attend a program or use a computer. Children and teens will have dedicated spaces filled with resources that will support creative and connected learning as well as active family engagement. Meeting rooms, study areas and spaces will support collaborations with community partners who help to strengthen services and connect adult patrons to workforce, literacy and social services resources. Our fundraising continues and recognition opportunities are available. For more information, call 412.622.6276 or email Pat Winter at

LAMP: Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
We invite you to support the $2.74 million renovation of the first floor of LAMP (formerly known as the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) as it continues to grow as a center for community engagement. LAMP has operated out of a former Studebaker factory located at 4724 Baum Boulevard in Pittsburgh since 1974. The space, originally designed to store and ship thousands of books on tape across the state, currently meets minimal ADA guidelines. Supporting people as they engage in literacy, learning and building connections with others is a priority for our 21st century library service to all.

LAMP serves people with print disabilities from all over Pennsylvania. This location also welcomes volunteers of all abilities, who will find an inclusive community for giving back and learning new skills. Our plan is to create a welcoming space where patrons, volunteers, and staff can engage with others, access materials and technology, and enjoy programming.

To learn more about how you can support this exciting project, call Anne Lee at 412.622.6276 or email

Board of Trustees Endowment Match
Learn more about POTENTIAL – an opportunity to create your own Library legacy and help secure Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s financial future through a gift to our endowment.

Become a Member of the Library Circle
Sustain Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for future generations with a contribution to the endowment or through a planned gift.

Together, we can realize the potential for individuals, the Library and our entire community!

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