Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main Library

Come visit the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh’s cultural center of Oakland.  Dedicated in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie himself as his original gift to the city of Pittsburgh, the library welcomes anyone, whether you are a university researcher, an avid reader, or just want to visit one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful and historic buildings. Readers can select from a variety of 2.5 million items, whether it be your favorite fiction book, children’s books, teen materials, graphic novels or World Language materials, Carnegie Library surely has what you are looking for.

Expert librarians are available to answer questions, to provide research guidance and readers’ advisories, and to assist in using popular technology, as well as a variety of free entertainment, training sessions and literature-based programs for all members of the family. The Library’s Music, Film and Audio Department also offers a rich collection of movies, TV series and music in a variety of formats, as well as music books and gadgets, scores, periodicals and special files that cover all aspects of music.

Come visit the Carnegie Library and experience a part of Pittsburgh history and culture.

Contact Information

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main Library
Reservations and Information:

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Mon-Thurs: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Fri-Sun: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Seasons Open

    Open Year Round
  • Prices and Fees

  • Accessibility

    Fully ADA compliant Two accessible entrances Elevator access to all library floors Designated parking in garage