March 25, 2024

Carnegie Library Hours Expansion Increases Accessibility

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has begun a major hours expansion, adding 93 more service hours weekly across its system.

The increase began March 10 and is one of the largest in the library’s history. It will improve access and engagement for families, working adults, students, and patrons with busy schedules.

Extended Hours

The library extended its evening hours, with most branches remaining open until 8 p.m. at least three nights weekly. Five branches – Allegheny, Brookline, East Liberty, Main in Oakland, and Squirrel Hill – will be open until 8 p.m. four evenings weekly.

Hours for Downtown, Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP), and the Allegheny County Law Library have not changed. 

“It’s our responsibility to listen and respond to our community by providing core services that are needed and accessible to residents,” said Andrew Medlar, President and Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a news release. “Thanks to increased annual funding from the Regional Asset District, we can provide patrons with even greater access to lots of books, unique programming, dynamic spaces, and services provided by our amazing staff.”

The expanded hours are a response to thousands of community members who contributed ideas during a year-long strategic planning process. The 2024-2028 strategic plan focuses on community connections and responsive services as well as regional cooperation, and organizational excellence.

A full schedule can be found on the library’s website.