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The Carnegie Libraries

For Pennsylvanians the name "Carnegie" is ubiquitous, appearing on municipal buildings, as part of a university's name, and even the name of a town. For most Americans, however, "Carnegie" means libraries. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie drew inspiration from his early experiences borrowing books from the private library of Col. James Anderson when he decided to build public libraries. Between 1886 and 1923 many towns across the country received Carnegie library funds, some 1406 towns with 1679 libraries in total. Pennsylvania had 58 such libraries, each bearing the Carnegie's slogan about the purposes of libraries above the door: "Let There Be Light."


Allegheny County 

 
 
 
 
Date of Grant: 1890   [10 libraries]
Allegheny Carnegie Library
 

 

 
 
 


Allegheny Carnegie Library
5 Allegheny Square
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
History of Allegheny Regional Branch



Carnegie Library - Pittsburgh

 

 




Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

4400 Forbes Avenue 
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: History 1895 – 1969

 

Carnegie - Schenley Park

 

 

 


Carnegie Library and Tech Schools

– Schenley Park


 

East Liberty Branch
5920 Ralph Munn Mall
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
East Liberty Library today


Hazelwood Branch
4748 Monongahela Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Hazelwood Branch Library today


Carnegie Library - Homewood
 
 
 




Homewood Branch Library
7101 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15208
Homewood Branch Library today
 
Date of Grant: 1893
Braddock Carnegie Library
419 Library Street
Braddock, PA  15104-1609
Braddock Carnegie Library today
 

Date of Grant: 1896
Carnegie Library - Homestead

 
 
 
 
 

Carnegie Library of Homestead
510 Tenth Avenue
Munhall, PA  15120 
Carnegie Library of Homestead
 

Date of Grant: 1898
Carnegie Free Library

 
 
 
 
 

Carnegie Free Library
Andrew Carnegie Library
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA  15106-2699
Andrew Carnegie Free Library today
 

Date of Grant: 1899
Carnegie Library - McKeesport

 
 
 
 
 

Carnegie Library of McKeesport
1507 Library Avenue
McKeesport, PA  15132-4796
Carnegie Library of McKeesport today



Date of Grant: 1899
Oakmont Carnegie Library
700 Allegheny Blvd.
Oakmont, PA  15139
Oakmont Carnegie Library today


Date of Grant: 1901
[ 2 libraries ] 

Carnegie Free Library - Duquesne

 

 

 

Carnegie Free Library - Duquesne 
South Second St & Kennedy Ave.
Duquesne, PA 


North Bessemer


Date of Grant: 1914
[ 2 libraries ]
Edgewood, PA 
 

Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
1800 Monongahela Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA  15218-2312

Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale today


Lawrenceville Branch Library
279 Fisk Street 

Pittsburgh, PA  15201
Lawrenceville Branch Library today


Mount Washington Branch
315 Grandview Drive
Pittsburgh, PA  15211
Mount Washington Branch today


South Side Branch 
2205 Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15203
South Side Branch today


West End Branch
47 Wabash Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
West End Library today


Wylie Avenue Branch
Wylie Avenue & Green St.
Pittsburgh, PA 
[No Longer in Existence]



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