Expanded Monday Hours

We have expanded our Monday evening Library hours until 8:00 PM and we hope you can join us! We are highlighting new programs offering something for everyone.


First Mondays = “Show Me How“
Show Me How is a new series of informational and instructional programs that will cover all different topics, from cooking to job advice, social media and how to make the best out of your wardrobe. We will have a description for each topic to be presented each month.

This program will occur the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Registration is not required for this program. Some programs are open to teens 9th grade and up.

Second Mondays =  Family Story Time
Family Story Time is an evening story time for all ages with Miss JoLynne.  Wear your favorite pajamas if you want!  We will share some stories, learn some rhymes and sing some songs to help get your little ones ready for bed.

Third Mondays = Prime Time Books
Prime Time Books is an evening Book Discussion Group.  Let’s start the new year off with good conversations about books.  We will read a variety of books throughout the year, from fiction, mysteries, teens, to non-fiction and even revisit a classic or two to see if they stil hold up today.  Our first selection will be The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian.  Copies will be availble for check out at the desk.  Open to adults and teens.  We wil meet the third monday of each month.

Fourth Mondays are Quarterly = Library 101
Library 101 will be held quarterly and we will teach you things about the library you never knew showing you how to get the most from your Library.  Each session will focus on an electronic resource and how to use it whether at home on a traditional computer or how to use the latest library app.  We will start off with Libby and Overdrive, What’s the difference and what else can I do with it? Open to adults and teens.

Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading
You don’t have to wait until summer to win prizes for reading! This winter from January 2nd-March 2nd we will have a Winter Reading Challenge. Stop by the library circulation desk to pick up your materials and get reading! Open
to all ages.

NOTE: Effective November 30:

On November 30, 2018, our library ended its subscription to RBDigital (Zinio and OneClick), which means patrons will no longer have access to eMagazines and eAudioBooks on those platforms. But don’t worry—we still have your streaming and download needs covered! Flipster gives you access to dozens of eMagazine titles, and OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla are great options for hundreds of eAudioBooks.

Learn more about all of the eResources available to library cardholders on our website:

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. Any of 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


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

Our Collection


Books (adult, large print, young adult & juvenile)
Graphic Novels
Audio Books (CDs and Playaways )
Movies (DVDs & Blu-Ray)
Music CDs
Puppets & Puzzles
Online Databases
American Girl Dolls
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). Espy Post Curator, Diane Klinefelter, is a professional genealogist specializing in Civil War records. Diane can be reached at 412-76-3456, x9.

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.