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Capital Improvement Program

Media Advisory:
Squirrel Hill Library Renovations Begin

Last Day to Check out Books is Saturday, February 7, 2004

Press Contact:
Lane Maggio Cigna

Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(412) 578-2458
(412) 688-8609 (fax)
(412) 480-4007 (mobile)


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's busy Squirrel Hill Library will temporarily close for a $4.4 million renovation starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2004. The changes are part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's system-wide Capital Improvement Program.

Key features of the renovation include a 7,000 square foot expansion to accommodate expanded collections, a new teen area, a business center and a larger children's area.

The new library will include a prominent glass enclosed entrance along Forbes Avenue, a new passenger elevator, upgraded public meeting rooms, and a drive-up book drop in the parking garage for added customer convenience.

During the renovations, Squirrel Hill library customers are being welcomed by all other Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations such as the library in Homewood, which was restored to its original grandeur and reopened in late November. Other suggested alternatives include the Main Library in Oakland or branch libraries in East Liberty or Hazelwood.

The renovations are expected to be completed by the end of the year. More information is available online at

When: 5 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2004

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill
5801 Forbes Avenue

Issued: Friday, February 6, 2004

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