The Library is a place of lifelong learning

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) has served its community since 1901. The Library was built by Andrew Carnegie as a gift to the community. The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is one of only four endowed libraries built by the philanthropist in the United States. (The others are in Braddock, Homestead and the sadly demolished Duquesne Carnegie Library.)

In 1894, the two boroughs of Mansfield and Chartiers consolidated to become Carnegie. The Library & Music Hall is Andrew Carnegie’s enduring thank you gift to the community that took his name. Furthermore, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is the only library in the country bearing Mr. Carnegie’s first name.

pc station1For more 115 years the ACFL&MH has been continuously serving the residents of Carnegie and surrounding communities. Stop and tour our historic building, attend one of our many programs, borrow from our vast collection of books, movies, CDs, magazines, and audiobooks. You can surf the Internet, or just sit and relax for a while. Download our Welcome Brochure.

Library Cards

Membership is free to residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and as a member of the Allegheny County Library Association, your ACFL&MH card can be used in any of the county’s 45 libraries. A picture ID with proof of home address is required. Persons under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on the application along with their parent/guardian photo ID. A $1.00 replacement fee is charged for lost cards. The following are acceptable forms of photo identification:

  • Current PA driver’s license
  • PA Non-driver’s photo ID card
  • Non-PA driver’s license with proof of Allegheny County residence
  • U.S. Military Card
  • Current Passport
  • Alien Registration Card

clip_image002_003Adopt A Book Program

This program provides a unique opportunity to combine your love of books and your love for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. Your tax deductible donation will help ensure our shelves remain stocked. Each $25 donation adds a new Best Seller upcoming release to the collection, and you are the first one to borrow it!

Wi-Fi

The library has public computers with high speed internet access. In addition, wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Your library card (in good standing) is required to access the public computers. Please note this is an unsecured network.

Our Collection

Books (adult, large print, young adult & juvenile)
Graphic Novels
readingAudio Books (CDs and Playaways )
Movies (DVDs & Blu-Ray)
Music CDs
Puppets & Puzzles
Magazines
Online Databases
Newspapers
Microfilm (Census, Carnegie Newspapers, and Allegheny County Veteran Burials).

We have an extensive collection of Civil War reference books and circulating items to complement the Capt. Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post room on the 2nd floor. In addition, we have the 1890 Civil War veteran census, and register of enlistments in the U.S. Army (1861-1865).

A Word about Book Donations

People who love books hate to throw them away and often bring them to the library as a donation. While we accept donations, we reserve the right to choose whether we add them to our collection, sell them, or recycle them. The library accepts donations with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed. If they are not needed because of duplication, condition, or outdated information, the donor gives approval to dispose of them. Gifts must meet the same standards as other materials selected for inclusion in the library’s collection. The Andrew Carnegie Free Library encourages and appreciates donations as long as they are clean, free of mold, musty or cigarette smoke smells, water and/or bug damage, markings, stickers and other visible defects. Covers must be attached. All pages must be present. We do not accept encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines or VHS tapes.

By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide an acknowledgment of receipt of the items if requested by the donor.