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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 is nearing its $50 million goal. We invite you to learn more about how you can be a part of this community-wide initiative that seeks to improve library services today and ensure the Library’s long-term funding for the future.

We are grateful for your annual support of our Library’s operating budget, which supports the essential services the Library provides to our patrons each and every day.

If you are interested in a supporting a special project, we invite you to talk with our staff about options available, including:

Gifts to Endowment

The Library’s Board of Trustees is offering a special opportunity that matches all gifts to endowment dollar for dollar up to $25,000. Whether you want to contribute to the Library’s general endowment or create a named fund,  POTENTIAL is an opportunity to support the services you love while strengthening the Library’s financial future.

Gifts to Capital

Over the last two decades, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has renovated, expanded or relocated all of its neighborhood libraries. Your gift to our general capital fund will support future projects, ensuring that our spaces provide customers with the resources they need.

Gifts to Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians

LAMP serves people with print disabilities throughout Pennsylvania with a variety of accessible formats including print, audio and digital. The newly renovated Pittsburgh location is a welcoming and innovative space that encourages engagement, community advocacy and lifelong learning.

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. Learn more about how you can make the Library part of your family’s legacy.

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

For more information, call Anne Lee, Manager of Special Gifts and Planned Giving at 412.622.6276 or email

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