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Pittsburgh Area Libraries
The Access Pennsylvania Database is a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. It was started in 1985 as a way to provide a union catalog across the State of Pennsylvania. It was the first and remains the largest statewide union catalog that includes the holdings of all types of libraries.
Libraries by County
Click on Allegheny County to search the holdings of academic, public, school, and special libraries in Allegheny County.
Carlow College Grace Library
The library offers over 101,300 volumes with particular strengths in early childhood education, theology, literature and women’s studies. Special collections include those in Peace Studies, African American Studies and Career Resources.
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
"A new, single-search interface will search EVERYTHING – books, articles from licensed databases and e-journals, media, and other research materials."
Chatham University Jennie King Mellon Library
Chatham University Jennie King Mellon Library In addition to the main collection, the library also houses the university's Archives and a special collection of women's educational history monographs, Mesoamerican titles, and rare engravings and lithographs of early Pittsburgh.
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Library System
Each of the four campuses (Allegheny, Boyce, North, and South) has its own library.
Duquesne University Gumberg Library
LaRoche College: John J. Wright Library
Penn State Library System
The Beaver, McKeesport, and New Kensington campuses use the central online catalog.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: Clifford E. Barbour Library
With over 330,000 resources, the Library houses the combined collections of several theological schools in the Pittsburgh area dating back to 1794.
Point Park University Library
Robert Morris University: Library
University of Pittsburgh Library System
The main undergraduate library is Hillman which is focused primarily on the humanities and the social sciences and contains approximately 1.5 million volumes, over 200 devices for computing, and study capacity for 1500 users. It also includes the African American Collection, Buhl Social Work Collection, East Asian Library, and Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection.
Allegheny County Law Library
(Duquesne University Center for Legal Information)
Providing legal information and information services to the bench and bar of the County, County departments, other members of the legal community, and members of the general public. Now located at Duquesne University Law School.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Library
The Library of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a collection of approximately 132,000 volumes. The collection is particularly strong in scientific periodicals and has long runs of European journals dating to the nineteenth century. Included in the 32,000 titles in the Library are 5,400 periodical titles, of which 1,500 are currently received. The Library's strengths reflect the scientific sections of the Museum, which are Anthropology, Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Botany, Invertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammals, Minerals and Vertebrate Paleontology. The Library's holdings are searchable through the eiNetwork Online Catalog.
Heinz History Center Library & Archives
The Library and Archives of the Heinz History Center (Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania) offers a non-circulating collection of materials documenting life in Western Pennsylvania. The Reading Room and collections are located at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15222.
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation: James D. Van Trump Library
The James D. Van Trump Library houses books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps, etc. relating to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Western Pennsylvania Family Center: Educational Resource Center Library
The Educational Resource Center Library provides materials and a place for study and research about the family and other natural systems and family therapy.
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society library is a non-circulating collection of materials made available to its members, and the general public, to aid in the research of general genealogy as well as specifically Western Pennsylvania ancestors. The WPGS allows searching of its holdings online. The collection is located in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Beaver County Library System
Founded in 1971, The Beaver County Library System consists of 11 public libraries and a Bookmobile offering books, audio/visual media, programs, activities and services to county residents and visitors.
Butler County Federated Library System
Including Butler Area, Cranberry, Evans City, Mars Area, Prospect Area, Saxonburg Area, and Zelienople Area Public Libraries, and Butler County Bookmobile.
Washington County Library System
Includes links to the 14 participating libraries.
Westmoreland Library Network
A network of 24 public libraries in Westmoreland County, east of Allegheny County
Includes information about the State Library of Pennsylvania, access to the State Library Catalog, information on the Bureau of Library Development including Gates Foundation Grants for PA Public Libraries, a list of Pennsylvania Libraries on the Web, access to the Access PA POWER Library of online databases, and the AccessPA database of the holdings of Pennsylvania libraries.
Commonwealth Libraries POWER Library Information Center
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Library services.
Free Library of Philadelphia
The other major urban library in Pennsylvania.