Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)

5801 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 412-442-9650


The Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh is the city's public library system. It was begun in 1895 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) as a reflection of his belief that the rich should use their wealth to benefit society.

The Squirrel Hill branch was dedicated on December 13, 1972. Located at the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues in the heart of the business district of Squirrel Hill, surrounded by its own terrace above Prudential Preferred Realty and a covered garage, the structure is of steel, concrete and glass with inside walls of red brick.

The library is mainly divided into adult and children's rooms, providing areas for study and informal reading. It also includes an office, employee work area and a multi-purpose room. The wide central gallery is terrazzo; reading rooms and the multi-purpose rooms are covered with wall-to-wall carpeting; and the building is fully air-conditioned.

A staff of 11 full-time and 16 part-time employees presently serve the public.

Hours of operation

Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Metered parking is available on the street and in the parking lot underneath the library.

Bus routes that serve this area

  • 61A - East Pittsburgh - Wilkinsburg
  • 61B - Braddock - Swissvale
  • 61C - McKeesport - Homestead
  • 64A - East Liberty - Homestead
  • 74A - Homewood - Squirrel Hill
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