With just a few months remaining until the library reopens to the public, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – South Side, 2205 East Carson Street, will host a preview for community members from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 to tour the building and view the renovation progress.
Constructed in 1909, CLP – South Side was one of the city's first neighborhood libraries. The building is currently undergoing a $2.7 million renovation, including the addition of a much-needed air conditioning system and the replacement of an antiquated heating system.
Monumental front entrance stairs are being incorporated into the design to mimic the original plans of the library's main entrance. When completed, visitors will be welcomed into the space through a sky lit Reading Lounge and day lit Popular Library. The Children's Room and "Nook" is being preserved and will house computers.
The introduction of an elevator in the building will make all three levels fully accessible and will maximize all available floor space for much broader use. The current basement is being transformed into a large Meeting Room that will accommodate up to 100 people, while the second floor will contain a staff lounge and a smaller Seminar Room.
As with all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh renovations, CLP – South Side will be renovated to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be fully accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
CLP – South Side is the Library's 11th Capital Improvement project under its Libraries for LIFE capital campaign. A project overview and designs are available online at www.carnegielibrary.org.