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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Announces Construction Plans
Woods Run Location begins anticipated renovations December 8th.

Press Contact: Suzanne M. Thinnes
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-688-8609 (fax)
412-491-6889 (cell)

(PITTSBURGH, PA - November 30, 2005) In order to serve the growing needs of the community, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announced plans to begin renovations on its Woods Run location. To accommodate the extensive renovation, the facility will temporarily close for business starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2005. Construction is expected to take up to six months, with an anticipated early Summer 2006 reopening.

For the past three years, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has worked with local community organizations, civic groups and residents to create an accessible, state-of-the-art library. Key features of the $2 million project include the removal of brick walls that will transform the library's exterior and make it more visible to foot traffic; designated Teen and Children's areas; an interior design that showcases a centralized Customer Service area that encourages customers to "Ask a Librarian" for expert help; and a new drive-through book drop.

"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh continues to be a leader in engaging the community through economic development," said Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, Library Director. "We are hopeful that this renovation will serve as a catalyst for continued growth."

In 2003, the Library received a $50,000 Neighborhood Needs Grant from Pittsburgh City Council, District 1 for improvements to Wood Run's Children's Area. Partial funding for the Woods Run renovation project also includes a $400,000 Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is currently working with Don Walko, State Representative for District 20, to secure additional capital budget grants from the Commonwealth.

"The Commonwealth must invest in this important project," urged Representative Don Walko. "In addition to providing important informational services to the people of the greater North Side and North Hills, the library is a vital cog in the ongoing revitalization of our neighborhoods."

Constructed in 1963, Woods Run has the 5th highest circulation of all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches. It is the seventh facility to be renovated or relocated through the Library's Capital Improvements Program and marks the Library's first North Side renovation.

Mistick adds, "Our Capital Improvement Project is the first such undertaking in the Library's 110 year history. Impact of circulation on renovated locations exceeded our expectations, increasing as much as 187% in some areas. We are confident that enhancing our Woods Run facility will encourage more families to discover Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."

Until construction is complete, Woods Run staff will be reassigned to other Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. During the renovation, Woods Run library customers are being welcomed by all other Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations including the Allegheny Regional, Downtown & Business and West End locations. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh customers may borrow and return materials to any library in Allegheny County. Please visit www.carnegielibrary.org for construction updates and for a complete list of library locations.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895
Through its Main Library and network of neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in western Pennsylvania. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a community anchor and gateway to literature, culture, music, history, business and technology. Major funding for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh comes from the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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