Stop by the Library this Month for Gifts, Tours & Holiday Fun

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Avoid busy malls and long lines this holiday season when you stop by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh this month.

Start by signing up for a free Historical Tour at CLP-Main that transports you back in time through an informational and fun fact-filled journey of our Italian Renaissance-style building. Join a tour on a Wednesday and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Preservation Department. After learning its history and discovering how the Library has been serving Pittsburghers for over 120 years, you’re sure to appreciate it even more.

After your historical exploration, you can conveniently stop in the café area where you can order a holiday-themed drink at Crazy Mocha and shop from our new Archival Collection at the CLP Store. If you have any bookworms or Library fans on your list, you’re sure to find something perfect for them. Shop online or in-person for t-shirts, zip-up hoodies, scarves, hats, bags and candles. Proceeds from the store support the programs and resources provided for free at the Library.


There’s truly a gift for every age at the CLP Store. The Best Books for Babies bundle is available. The Library’s Best Books for Babies is a nationally recognized list and selects the best reading material for babies from the age of birth to 18 months. Each book on the list is age appropriate, diverse, durable and physically appealing with illustrations best suited to engage infants. Scoop up a #PGHREADS baby onesie to make the baby’s first library gift extra special.

If you have friends and family in from out-of-town or you’re looking for a holiday-themed activity, CLP hosts thousands of events and workshops each year. Throughout December, check out the holiday crafts and activities for all ages. Bring the family to build a gingerbread house, make holiday decorations and ornaments, join a caroling group or spend the day watching your favorite holiday movies at the Holiday Movie Marathon.

This time of year is when we take time to celebrate the season with friends and families. Whether it’s new, old or undiscovered, find your community at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


By Corinne Hebestreit, former CLP Communications and Creative Services Intern.

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