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Homewood Library Restored to Grandeur

Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-578-2458 (office)

What: Grand Re-Opening Celebration Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood

Restored to its original grandeur, this library is the first in a comprehensive program underway to improve library service for customers. All are welcome to attend the free celebration.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2003 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

9:45 a.m. Westinghouse High School Band Performance & Black Vietnam Veteran's Rededication Service

10:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting (Refreshments, tours, children's activities will follow)

Where: 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh Homewood - Brushton / Point Breeze

Located at the intersection of Hamilton & Lang. Directions http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/homewood/directions.html

Contact: 412-731-3080 (public) 412-480-4007 (interviews, photos, and media services)

The renovations were made possible with the generous support of the public and the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Reissued: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Homewood Library Features and Renovation Facts:

  • Opened 1910; Renovated 2003 3-stories (28,700 square feet)
  • $3.5 million budget from a bond-issue supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District
  • Collection of over 35,000 books, movies, music and more available at Homewood Library (Last January, the Librarians and staff sorted and labeled the entire collection, which was then packed, removed and stored by the movers in less than two weeks! There were only 11,000 books in the entire collection when the Library opened in 1910!)
  • African-American materials collection, unique to this library, contains over 12,000 items representing popular and historical information about African and African-American culture
  • An elevator, new accessible restrooms and other ADA-improvements made throughout
  • 300-person auditorium with lighting, sound and AV equipment available
  • A space designed and built just for young adults; For children and families, the Library offers storytimes, puppet shows, family fun nights and afterschool activities year-round
  • Internet access and computer workstations available
  • The original windows, skylights and woodwork were carefully restored; the roof was replaced and the exterior - English brown brick with stone trimmings - gleams
  • Fact: It cost $150,000, plus another $10,500 for the site, to build the Library in 1910. (This library was more expensive than many others, including the posh NY libraries. CLP-Homewood was the last library given to Pittsburgh by Andrew Carnegie. )
  • Mister Rogers' visited this library for advice and reading suggestions. An exhibit about our special neighbor is on display in the Children's Room through December 31.

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 11-7
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 11-7
Thursday: 10-5
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: Closed

Architect: Pfaffmann + Associates
Original Architect: Alden & Harlow
General Contractor: Massaro Company, Inc.
Library Director: Herb Elish

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895
Through its Main Library and 18 neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania. The Library is an important community anchor that provides universal access to literature, culture, art, music, history, business and technology.

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