Realize: Our Power, Our Potential

As our community grows and changes, so too must the Library. Today, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations proudly remain places of learning and equal opportunity.

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In response to our community's 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 January of 2015, we launched Realize: Our Power, Our Potential, a multi-phased major gifts initiative 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 $25 million towards our $50 million goal.

Special projects include:

Re-imagining CLP – Downtown
In order to create a welcoming and vibrant destination library for our thriving region, CLP will begin an expansion of CLP – Downtown, 612 Smithfield Street in 2020. This busy location serves patrons from throughout Allegheny County – the thousands of people who live, work, study and visit Downtown Pittsburgh. The $6 million renovation and expansion project will increase the size of the Library by 63%. The re-imagined library will enhance services for people stopping in to pick up a book, attend a program or to 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. The redesigned facility also includes meeting rooms, study areas and spaces to collaborate with community partners who help to strengthen services and connect adult patrons to workforce, literacy and social services resources. Recognition opportunities are available. For more information, call 412.622.6276 or email Pat Quinn Winter at

Renovation and Expansion of CLP – Mt. Washington
CLP is pleased to announce the 18th project in its neighborhood library revitalization project.  The $4.1 million renovation and expansion project at historic CLP – Mt. Washington, located at 315 Grandview Avenue overlooking Downtown Pittsburgh includes 2,700 square feet of additional space to meet the needs of the community. To learn more about naming opportunities, contact Pat Quinn Winter at 412.622.6276 or You may also make a gift online.

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, our library and our entire community!

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