CLP’s Reopening Plan

A Safe Return to the Library

Important Update

At this time we have made the decision to take the preventive measure of suspending in-person service. Virtual and curbside service will continue. Chat, call, text or schedule a contactless curbside pick-up.

UPDATED January 11, 2021

Learn more about:

Limited In-Person Service (Suspended until further notice)
Connect with the Library
Curbside and Walk-up Service
Book Returns
Outdoor WiFi
Requesting Materials/Personalized Recommendations
Public Computers (Suspended until further notice)
1:1 Appointments
Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
What to Expect When Visiting the Library
CLP’s Commitment to Safety


Limited in-person service

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a stay-at-home advisory for all residents. At this time we have made the decision to take the preventive measure of suspending in-person service.

Curbside service is still available. You can pick up holds, return materials, submit a print job or take advantage of our outdoor Wi-Fi.


Connect with the Library
Call, Chat or Text!

Did you know that real-time assistance is available from Library staff 7 days a week?

Monday – Thursday | 10 am – 7 pm
Friday – Sunday | 10 am – 5 pm

Call! 412.622.3114
Chat! Click the “How can we help?” icon our website.
Text! 412.775.3900*

* standard message rates apply


Public Computers

All CLP locations provide limited in-person services, including computer access. PCs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 30 minutes with two 15 minute renewals. Patrons may utilize a maximum if two full consecutive sessions a day at the discretion of the location.

Patrons may reserve a computer for a 1 hour long session at the following locations:

Contact the library location directly to schedule an appointment.


Contactless Curbside & Walk-up Services

* Subject to change based on circumstances outside of our control.

Locations Currently Offering Curbside & Walk-up Services:

How Curbside Service Works

We want to assure you that we have been working very hard to make curbside service as smooth, comfortable and safe as possible. Pickup times will be scheduled every 15 minutes.

When your items are ready you will receive a notice via email, telephone or text. When you get this notice, please call your location to arrange a pick-up time. All visitors will need to have a confirmed appointment time in order to pick up their items.
Due to high volume, if you miss your scheduled pick-up date/time, your items will be removed from your account and you will have to re-request these holds over the phone with our reference staff.

If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not come to the Library to pick up your holds. Contact us to let us know you cannot make your pick-up time.

When you arrive at our curbside tent:

  • Please plan to arrive during your prearranged pick-up window. Call the location to announce your arrival. You may be asked to verify a piece of personal information to determine identity.
  • We ask that you respect social distancing protocols and stand behind the line marked on the sidewalk. Staff are required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. We ask that you do the same when using curbside service.
  • Staff will retrieve your prepacked items and bring them right to you. They will place the bag on a table. Then, you may step forward and retrieve your items.
  • We would love to chat and catch up, but for everyone’s safety please do not linger or congregate in front of the Library. 


Book Returns

During open hours, outdoor book returns are conveniently located at all CLP locations at curbside/walk-up service. No appointment needed to return your materials, just drop them in the conveniently located return bins.

After hours, metal book returns are open 24/7 at the following locations:

  • CLP – Allegheny
  • CLP – Beechview
  • CLP – Carrick
  • CLP – East Liberty
  • CLP – Hazelwood
  • CLP – Hill District
  • CLP – Homewood
  • CLP – Knoxville
  • CLP – Main (Oakland)
  • CLP – Sheraden
  • CLP – West End
  • CLP – Woods Run

To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are quarantining all items before processing. Please note that your account will not immediately reflect the returns for at least four days (96 hours).



Wireless printing is available in the Library or via pickup at curbside locations Tuesday through Saturday. The service is free, please limit your printing to ten pages per day. If using curbside, you must make an appointment to pick up your prints and use one of the secure methods listed here.


Requesting New Library Materials

Looking for something new? Browse our Staff Picks to find your next read then request your selections through the Catalog.

Personalized Recommendations

Stuck in a reading rut? Overwhelmed by all the choices out there? We’re happy to recommend your next book, album, movie or TV show. Simply fill out this form, and wait to be amazed as our specially trained staff match you with a list that suits your interests.

A quick note: We’re working hard to get your requests to you in a timely manner. Please be aware that transporting materials between locations is taking much longer than it used to. This is due to increased demand, changes in shipping, and the need to quarantine materials for everyone’s safety. This means that it may take two weeks or longer for your item(s) to arrive.

In addition, items recently returned to the Library may continue to appear on your account for a few days. As a precaution, returned materials are quarantined for at least four days (96 hours) before staff can handle and check them in.

Please contact your local library for hold pickup instructions, or to ask questions about returned items.



To help provide Internet access to as many residents as possible we have expanded the outdoor range of our free Wi-Fi at all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. Please practice social distancing and be courteous to your fellow patrons when accessing the network. Please note that the Library’s wireless network is not secure and personal information sent from or to your wireless device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.


CLP – Virtual

Connect and discover no matter where you are. Explore virtual services, resources and programs with CLP – Virtual. The newest corner of our website brings the Library to you anytime, anywhere!

From remote one-on-one assistance with career services and digital literacy to virtual storytimes and book clubs, CLP staff is here to help even when you can’t make it to the physical library. Browse CLP’s eResources collection to stream and download eAudioBooks, eBooks, magazines, TV shows, comics, music and online learning services on your computer or mobile device.


Book a Librarian 1:1 Appointment

Click here to learn how to schedule a one-on-one telephone appointment with a CLP staff member.


Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

We are very excited to announce that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is officially changing our name to LAMP: Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians.

Library staff are distributing a wide range of lendable resources to Pennsylvania residents who are unable to read standard sized newsprint, unable to hold a book or turn pages, or who have a physically-based reading disability. If you are unable to read standard-sized print because of vision or physical limitations or know someone who could benefit from LBPH service, click here to learn more about the world of talking books.


Our Commitment to Safety

  • The Library’s quarantine plan for materials exceeds the time that the CDC indicates that the COVID-19 virus can survive on paper or plastic.
    • Returned items are quarantined for at least four days (96 hours) before staff process them.
    • Items with plastic covers that appear visibly dirty will be subject to additional cleaning.
  • Buildings have been deep cleaned.
  • All staff are required to wear face coverings. Gloves are required for staff handling library materials.
  • Sanitizer, cleanser and other personal protective equipment are located throughout each building. Work stations and break rooms have been adjusted to follow recommended proper distancing within the buildings.
  • High touch points are routinely cleaned and sanitized.
  • Temperatures are taken at the start of every shift. Staff who exhibit a temperature of 100.4 or higher, are sick or who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms are not permitted to work.
  • Should a staff member test positive for COVID-19 they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • COVID-19 training is provided to all staff to reinforce CDC guidelines and help identify symptoms of COVID-19 in themselves.
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