2020, March-August

All Carnegie Library branches close to the public as part of the state-mandated COVID-19 virus containment efforts.


CLP becomes a partner in the Historic Pittsburgh, an online collection of digitized primary resources pertaining to the history of the city.


Edith Abeyta becomes Artist in Residence at the new Hazelwood branch, a project sponsored by the Library and the city’s Office of Public Art.


The Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Heritage Collection, a digital archive, goes online, providing access to more than 500,000 items from the CLP’s Archives and Special Collections that tell the story of the city’s steel, iron, and coal industries.

2012 January

Mary Frances Cooper is named the 11th director of CLP.


The “Our Library, Our Future” tax initiative passes, staving off proposed branch closures and restoring reduced hours.


Library officials announce plans to close branches in Beechview, Hazelwood, Lawrenceville, West End, and merge or relocate branches in Carrick, Knoxville, and Mt. Washington due to budget issues. The closures are averted when money from legalized table games and a 2011 tax initiative is directed to the library.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh opens its first new library in nearly three decades at the key, once-blighted Hill District intersection of Centre Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street.

2006 April 9

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Allegheny Regional branch on the North Side is struck by lightning, forcing the building to permanently close to the public.


Dr. Barbara K. Mistick becomes the first woman Director at CLP.

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