Press Releases

What Does “Free to the People” Mean to You? Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Commemorative Library Cards

In 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) opened its doors as one of the first public libraries to give all people free access to art, music and literature – a pioneering concept at the time. In 2020, the Library asked four highly esteemed Pittsburgh artists to design a library card based on their interpretation of “What does free to the people mean to you?” Takara…

Honoring Black Authors, Culture and History: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Celebrates Black History Month One Page at a Time

International storyteller Donna Washington and Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of civil rights advocate and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, will headline Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s (CLP) Black History Month celebration. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has named the theme for 2021 “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” This year, the Library will examine how the idea of family…

Announcing the Upcoming 'Hear Me Out' Civic Dialogue Line-Up!

Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow library patrons across Pennsylvania? Debuting in October 2020, the Hear Me Out civic dialogue program works to get at the heart of the issues that we face. Through holistic fact-setting and discussion questions centered on listening and storytelling, the initiative works to create virtual dialogue spaces that give participants the opportunity to foster authentic and…

CLP – Mt. Washington Reopens for Contactless Curbside Service After Year-Long Expansion/Renovation Project

After a much-anticipated year-long renovation project that added 46% more space to the building, CLP –Mt. Washington reopened this week for contactless curbside and walkup service. Located at 315 Grandview Avenue overlooking Downtown Pittsburgh, the historic building 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. With support from…

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Suspending In-Person Service

In response to the Allegheny County Health Department's stay-at-home advisory, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is taking the preventive measure of suspending in-person service at all locations effective immediately. Virtual and curbside service, including digital content, book returns, outdoor WiFi and printing is still available. In addition, patrons are able to connect with library staff seven days a week through CLP’s website, through text (412-775-3900)…

With generous support from Jack Buncher Foundation, “Love Your Library” campaign raises its highest amount ever for Allegheny County Libraries

The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) announced today that during September’s annual Love Your Library campaign, the 46 library systems in Allegheny County raised a record-breaking $1.1 million in charitable contributions, more than any previous year. Of this amount, $678,800 is eligible for a prorated match from Jack Buncher Foundation, which generously provided $200,000 in matching contributions. Now it…

Three of the Region's Oldest Cultural Organizations Commemorate the “Birth of the Arts in Pittsburgh" 125 Years Ago Today

Today, three of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most beloved cultural organizations are commemorating a 125-year anniversary: the day Andrew Carnegie dedicated “Carnegie Institute,” his gift of a library, an art and natural history museum, and a grand music hall (the first home of the Pittsburgh Symphony)—all in one building—to the people of Pittsburgh. “Having the Library, the Museums and the Music Hall all under one roof…

Local families in need invited to receive free diapers and baby book bundle

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank have partnered to present the Best Books for Babies Diaper Drop on Saturday, October 24.    Families and caregivers with children ages birth through 18 months are invited to the drive-up event to receive a Best Books for Babies 2020 book bundle and one box of diapers. The event will take place at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run (1201 Woods Run Ave.) on October…

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcomes 'Hear Me Out' Dialogue Series Program

Are you interested in joining an authentic learning space with fellow library patrons across Pennsylvania? Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is partnering with The Free Library of Philadelphia to introduce Hear Me Out: a digital, facilitated dialogue series that connects Pennsylvanians to each other through brave and authentic conversations. Residents from Pittsburgh and around the Commonwealth will join together across distance and difference to uplift and honor…

What are this year’s Best Books for Babies?

Every new parent is inundated with questions: What brand of diapers should I buy? Which baby formula should I choose? What crib is best? Which stroller? – the list goes on. A lesser asked, but just as important question: what should I read to my newborn?   When you’re trying to ensure healthy brain development, it can be difficult to decide when, and what, to start reading…