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Additional Information

How much did all of this cost?

The actual cost to build the Library, which opened in 1910, was $150,000, plus another $10,500 for the site itself. This particular library was more expensive than others, including many posh NY libraries. It could cost $8 - 10 million (a conservative guesstimate) to build it today. The final budget for these renovations is $3.5 million.

Did you know…

CLP goes where the people are! In 1910, the year the Homewood library opened, there were a total of 228 agencies in the City of Pittsburgh used for the distribution of books, including 8 branches, 21 deposit stations, 3 special children's rooms, 103 schools supplied with books, 12 summer playgrounds supplied with books, 23 home library groups and 57 reading clubs conducted.

Why did Carnegie choose libraries?

Andrew Carnegie cited childhood friend and mentor Colonel James Anderson who permitted eager students to use his personal library. When he became rich Carnegie remembered the value of books and dedicated $65 million of his personal fortune to establish 2,930 libraries around the world.

His gift was access to books and bringing the world to individuals through his library. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood was the last one that Andrew Carnegie built in our city.

True or False:

Andrew Carnegie left an endowment for the ongoing costs of operating libraries.

False: Carnegie required the City Council's acceptance of the operating budget. Because of the special connection to education and the personal value he placed on library service, Carnegie didn't want libraries to chance private contributions that could dry up during times of great hardship or economic difficulty.

Today, approximately two-thirds of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's operating budget comes from the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Donations, grants, federal, state, and city funds make up the rest.