To accommodate the extensive renovations of the South Side Branch Library at 2205 East Carson Street, the facility temporarily will close for business starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.
Constructed in 1909, CLP – South Side was one of the city's first neighborhood libraries. The building will undergo extensive updates, which will include the addition of a much-needed air conditioning system and the replacement of an antiquated heating system.
Monumental front entrance stairs will be incorporated into the design to mimic the original plans of the library's main entrance. The inclusion of an elevator, along with the installation of a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing entrance ramp, will provide full access to all levels of the library.
In other city neighborhoods, library renovations have revitalized communities in many ways, making a significant economic impact on local businesses and increasing literacy through increased use and number of visitors, as much as 48 percent in some communities.
The project is expected to take 12 months to complete. Contributions from UPMC Health Plan and American Eagle Outfitters have been received to support the CLP's 11th capital project. In addition, more than $2.5 million in government grants has been allocated, including monies from the Allegheny County Economic Development Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund, the Commonwealth's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.
In May, a fundraiser at the South Side Branch raised more than $10,000 toward renovation costs.
During construction, South Side customers are encouraged to visit neighboring Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations, including: Knoxville, 400 Brownsville Road, 412-381-6543; Mount Washington, 315 Grandview Avenue, 412-381-3380; Carrick, 1811 Brownsville Road, 412-882-3897; or, Main (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Avenue, 412-622-3114.
For weekend library service, customers may visit CLP-LYNCS in theStrip District or Pittsburgh Public Market, 2100 Smallman Street, 412-877-8357.
Customers may visit www.carnegielibrary.org for more information, or to locate other neighboring libraries to visit. Carnegie Library cardholders may borrow and return materials at any Allegheny County library.