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Capital Improvement Program

Second Avenue Library Coming Soon
New Hazelwood Location Designed to Make Library a Destination

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

(Pittsburgh, PA) October 31, 2003 -Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has entered into a 5-year lease agreement for 4,000 square feet of space in Plaza Sophia a central location on Second Avenue in Hazelwood owned by Gombas Development. The agreement is part of CLP's larger plan to rejuvenate library services throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

For more than two years, CLP has explored the best option for serving the community consulting with its trustees, community stakeholders and the political leadership. The location, customer input, and an extensive site analysis were key factors in the decision to relocate to the central business corridor.

"The decision to move is difficult; however, we are certain that it is the right choice and one that serves the people well," Elish said.

Since 1900, the library has been located blocks away from a main street on a steep hillside in a residential neighborhood. CLP plans to work with the community over the next year to identify an adaptive reuse for the site. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has been a partner with the Hazelwood Initiative and other community residents and institutions in a neighborhood planning process that includes the area surrounding the current site.

The Library will remain open to the public in its current location on Monongahela Avenue until the Second Avenue space is finished which is projected for early March 2004. The public will then find the entire library collection, its librarians and its computers in an ADA-accessible, air-conditioned location.

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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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