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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Libraries

Mission: Mission Statement:  To Engage our Community in Literacy and Learning. Vision Statement:  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will inspire in the citizens of our region respect and responsibility for life-long learning, citizenship, and civic participation.

Programs: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Children’s departments provide an inviting space for children and their families to enjoy reading books and to discover all the Library has to offer.  The Library has a long history of serving children including the distinction of being the first system in the nation to train children’s librarians.  In addition to its extensive youth-oriented book collection, the staff presents a broad range of programs for children at every development stage from birth to age 12. 

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I volunteered for about a year about once a week in the Film and Audio department at Main. There was always something to do, and they seemed very appreciative of my contribution to the library. The vast array of services and materials available at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh exceeds anything I'd expect from a library, and outweighs anything else I've experienced other places. Free e-magazine subscriptions, e-books, MP3s, playaways (little standalone audiobooks), art/cultural events (a preview of a musical among the books in the library, neat), craft/diy programs, and video games (both to take home or to play at programs) are all the things I've gotten from the library that I might not have expected.



Rating: 5

I began volunteering at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh because I was so impressed with the amazing programs and outreach that the library offers to the different neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. I have become even more proud of our library system since I started volunteering a year ago. CLP offers so many fun free programs, including story time and book clubs for people of all ages, craft projects for kids and for adults, the LABS program for teens, and workshops hosted by the Job and Career Education Center. This, of course, is just a short list of examples; the library hosts a staggering amount of programming sure to attract people of varying ages and interests.

CLP also hosts fun events at its different branches. Some of these include After Hours, an adults' night out; Extravaganza, a huge annual children's event; and an Alternative Homecoming for teens. I've attended several events as a volunteer, and they are very well received by members of the community. The library definitely stands out as a place to have fun as well as to learn.

It is definitely worth mentioning that every staff member I've interacted with has been kind, helpful, and very service-oriented. They are just the sort of people you'd expect to work at such a welcoming and invaluable community resource.

CLP has all of this in addition to the great resources at each branch--books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks on MP3, zines, etc. Anything you could possibly want to discover in the city is at CLP. If you haven't gotten a library card yet or haven't used yours in awhile, check out your local branch. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.