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Project Overview

This library officially celebrated and re-opened the First Floor for service on September 22, 2004. This project archive contains community meeting summaries, designs, progress photos and news announcements. It is a record of the substantial neighborhood involvement in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Capital Improvement Program.

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Historical Information

Year the Main Library Building was Dedicated: 1895.
Original Architects: Longfellow, Alden and Harlow
Original Cost: $800,000
Major Building Renovations/Additions: Detailed Renovations History 1895-2002
Architectural Style: Italian Renaissance

Presentation of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to the People of Pittsburgh with a Description of the Dedicatory Exercises, November 5, 1895.
http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/pittsburgh/carnegie/mrac1.html

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:History 1895-1969. Ralph Munn, (Director 1928 - 1964) Pittsburgh, 1970.
http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/pittsburgh/carnegie/mrac2.html

Main Library Firsts:

  • First Children's Department in a public library - 1898
  • First Technology Department in a public library - 1901
  • First school for Children's Librarians - 1900