The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a system of 19 libraries throughout the city, with links to other libraries throughout Allegheny County.
The main branch is located in Oakland in a beautiful Victorian building that sits right alongside the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The construction of the main library began in 1895 and was funded by none other than industrialist and Pittsburgh native, Andrew Carnegie. The library serves as the primary resource for current and historic materials and information for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The library also serves as a designated statewide resource center for Pennsylvania residents. The main library also offers an array of free entertainment, training, and literature-based programs for all member of the family. The main library hosts an impressive collection of books and other materials throughout all of its collections and departments and boasts a top-notch children's department known for being one of the oldest providers of library services to specifically children and offering the first training programs for children's librarians in 1900. Today they continue their tradition of storytelling and providing literacy-related activities through their diverse collection, excellent programs and reference services.