Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of 29 District Library Centers and serves all public libraries in Allegheny County.
District Library Centers receive funds from the state of Pennsylvania in order to provide support services to the local public libraries in their geographical areas. This support can include reference, interlibrary loan, consulting services and continuing education.
The District Services Department provides expert advice in all areas of library science and library management in addition to clarifying and disseminating information to and from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and implementing statewide programs.
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Support services that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides as the Pittsburgh District Library Center include:
Over 5 million items pass through the distribution center annually!
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Shipping Department, located at the Library Support Center in the city’s West End, provides delivery of library materials Monday thru Friday for all publicly-funded libraries in the Pittsburgh District.
- Books, audiovisual materials, and mail are delivered to 75 library locations throughout Allegheny County, moving around five million items per year. Our sorting system includes an automated sorter added in 2008 and expanded over the last few years.
Pittsburgh District Interlibrary Loan Program
- Local library collections are routinely supplemented through interlibrary loan services. Most transactions are free, however sometimes libraries from outside Allegheny County charge a lending fee.
- OCLC WorldCat and Access PA database search tools are used to obtain materials for customers of Allegheny County libraries.
- Loan request vehicles include telephone, fax, email, online or van delivery.
- Live presentations, audio and teleconference workshops are available for staff as well as local library trustees.
- Programs are offered in cooperation with Allegheny County Library Association and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
- A comprehensive collection of materials related to services and operation of public libraries is available.
- Information on new trends and audiovisual materials for staff development are also included.
- LeeAnn Anna, Teen Services Coordinator, plans and implements district-wide programs such
as Teen Summer Reading. She is available to help with teen services at all libraries in the district.
Teens and Librarians - Everybody Wins PowerPoint Presentation.
- The teen services provided include: assistance with planning and running teen programs; setting up Teen Advisory Councils; creating, updating and maintaining teen collections; planning teen spaces; and training new teen staff.
- Teen Specialists throughout the district attend quarterly meetings for discussion, training and resource sharing.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - A State-Wide Resource Center
In conjunction with the role Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh plays as a District Library Center, Carnegie Library is also designated as one of only four state-wide resource centers in Pennsylvania that maintain major research collections and are tasked with providing specialized materials and services to all Pennsylvania residents. The other three resource centers include: Free Library of Philadelphia, State Library of Pennsylvania and Penn State University.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also has operational oversight for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). LBPH is a network library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a department of the Library of Congress. NLS provides most Braille and recorded materials as well as playback equipment. Large print books and described videos are purchased with contributions.
LBPH also offers reader advisory services, answers reference questions about disabilities and related topics and maintains a collection of print and video materials on blindness, visual impairment and physical disabilities. LBPH is administered for Western Pennsylvania by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with funds provided by Pennsylvania through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
District Services Contact Information
Main - 3rd Floor
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213