On November 5, 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library opened it doors to the public. Andrew Carnegie's gift of generosity was one of many in an extraordinary lifetime of philanthropy. But Carnegie attached one caveat to his amazing gift: no money would go toward financing library operations - his donation was for building construction only. It was Carnegie's belief that because a library existed to serve the community, the community should shoulder the financial responsibility for its continued operation.
Carnegie gave Pittsburgh an irreplaceable gift - a library system that is not simply about books, but about the people and communities in which we work and live. It is our responsibility to see that this vision is secure for generations to come. With your contribution, you have the power and privilege to shape the future - to stabilize and strengthen our communities and to ensure that Carnegie library remains -