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Contact: Lane Cigna
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-578-2458 (office)
412-480-4007 (cell)

(Pittsburgh) May 24, 2001 -- More than a century after Andrew Carnegie's vision became a reality, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is looking to change its image.

"While preserving the integrity and history of this institution," says CLP Director Herb Elish, "we believe the time has come to develop a more inviting, contemporary image that will help us stand out in the ever-expanding retail world.

"In other words," he continues, "we need to become a destination - a warm and welcoming place for people to spend an evening or afternoon."

To that end, the CLP has issued an RFQ - Request for Qualifications - from architectural firms around the region. The CLP is in search of firms to renovate both the first floor of its main library in Oakland and redesign its Homewood and Brookline branches.

Submissions are due June 15, with the final selection to be announced the week of July 23.

The RFQ is posted on

For more information call Paul Svirbel, facilities manager, at 412-578-2588.

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