Library…a place of lifelong learning

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library (ACFL) has been serving Carnegie and surrounding communities since 1901.  Though Andrew Carnegie funded 2,800 libraries around the world, the ACFL is one of only four Libraries in the country, five in the world, that the philanthropist endowed.  Everywhere else he said, “Pittsburgh, here’s a building. You run it.”

The other four libraries he endowed were the first Carnegie library in the world, in Mr. Carnegie’s home town of Dunfermline, Scotland; Braddock (the first Carnegie library in America); Homestead and the sadly demolished Duquesne Carnegie Library.  These three were all in the Monongahela Valley, just east of Pittsburgh, where the industrialist operated his steel mills.

In the case of the ACFL, the leaders of what were then Chartiers and Mansfield approached Mr. Carnegie with the proposition that the two boroughs merge to become Carnegie.  Carnegie Borough incorporated in 1894, and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall was Andrew Carnegie’s legacy gift to the town that took his name.  It is also the only Carnegie library to go by the philanthropist’s first name.

However, for all its rich history and lovely turn-of-the-last-century ambiance, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library is committed to providing 21st century library services — along with warm and responsive customer service.  Of course patrons can still come to the ACFL for the latest best-selling book or Oscar-winning DVD, wonderful programming for toddlers through seniors or to copy or scans personal documents.  However, computers, eBooks, WiFi for all devices, data bases, digital access to movies, magazines and music are just some of ever-advancing services patrons can access – here at the Library – or from home.


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Voter Registration

Pick Up Your Voter Registration application in the Library lobby or register online. Pennsylvania’s primary is April 28.  In order to vote in the primary, you must be registered by 5 p.m. on April 13. (Postmark dates are no longer honored.)  
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library is proud to be a polling place for Carnegie’s Ward 2, Districts 3 and 4.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

Happy 116th Birthday Dr. Seuss! 
March 2, 6:30PM
Celebrate the birth of the man who wrote The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and many other favorites at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall with cake, games for this special Family Storytime.  Tonilyn Jackson and Virginia Woof will be our special guest readers.  Some of you may remember reading to Ginny this past summer.  We hope to see you there!

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Tech Class: Facebook

March 2 & 16, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Tired of missing out on the pics of your grandkids dance recital or what an old friend is doing in retirement because you’re missing what’s happening on Facebook? Let us help. For the month of March we’re offering a Facebook for beginners class. The atmosphere will be informal, so even if you already have created a Facebook account but are having issues getting the hang of it, please join us. Seats are limited, so registration is REQUIRED. You can call or stop by the circ desk to sign up or contact Nate.

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Keys to Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits
March 9 & 16, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Gateway Wealth Strategies presents a free educational workshop to help you understand and learn strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
Seating is limited. RSVP today at the phone number below.
CONTACT:  Gateway Wealth Strategies 412-921-2900
LOCATION: Lincoln Gallery

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Pi(e) Day
Saturday, March 14, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Pi is a mathematical constant originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, but we’re not doing math this morning.  Come join us for stories about pies and other goodies and enjoy pudding pie afterwards. For ages 3 and up.  Please call (412) 276-3456 x2 to register for your spot.

Work Launch 2020

Navigating Online Applications

Thursday, March 19  –  10:30AM – 12:00PM
presented by JFCS Career Development Center
Learn tips and tricks to completing online job applications more efficiently and effectively. 
There is no cost to attend. 
Visit carnegielibrary.org/events to register. 

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Uno March Madness Tournament

Saturday March 21,  11:00AM – 12:00PM
Ages 10 – 15
Come join us for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s first March Madness Uno Tournament.  Sign up and register for your place at the table and spot on the bracket.  Let’s find out who has lady luck on their side.  Please call 412-276-3456 x11 to reserve your spot.

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PALS Book Club
Wednesday, March 25, 1:00PM
The PALS Book Club brings senior adults together for a lively discussions.  Membership is free and meets once a month for book discussion. Participants may pick up a copy of the current selection at the library Circulation Desk.
This month’s selection is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore


Weekly Programs

Family Evening Story Time
Mondays, 7:00PM
If you like hearing a bedtime story before you go to sleep, please join Miss JoLynne for Family storytime on Monday nights from 7 pm – 7:30 pm.  Feel free to come in your jammies as we listen to stories and sing some songs.  Fun for the whole family.

Babies & Books
Tuesdays, 10:30AM
Children up to 2 years old are invited to join Miss JoLynne for stories, songs, movement activities, and motor skill development exercises in a story time just for them.

Lego Club
Wednesdays, 3:30PM
Can you build a tower with Legos?  How tall?  Will it stand the test of being shaken?  Students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade are invited to join us for Lego free-play and to stretch their creativity and imaginations as we work on different Lego challenges.  This is an ongoing program.  No registration is necessary.

Food with Friends
Thursdays, 3:30PM
Students in grades 5 and up are invited to come hang out at the library for some food, conversation and fun.  Each week we will make a simple snack and gather round the table to eat and chat.  We will also plan future Food with Friends activities, so come with some ideas.  Please register by calling 412-276-3456 so that we have enough supplies. 

Preschool Story Time
Thursdays, 10:30AM
Children up to 5 years old are invited to join Miss JoLynne for stories, songs, and crafts!


Free Museum Passes

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Museum passes- free with your library card.  Visit one of five Southwestern PA museums for a week.  We have one pass for each location that is good for free admission up to 4 people.  The passes are available for reservations at our Circulation Desk.  Check out is for one week – Tuesday through Monday. Ask for locations and reserve your week today at the Circulation Desk. The museums are Heinz History Center, Quecreek Mine Rescue Site, David Bradford House, Old Economy Village, and Harmony Museum & Historic District.


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. Any of the following are acceptable forms of photo identification: Click here to apply for a library card.

  • 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 Classic Catalog

The Classic Catalog (also known as Old Style) search is still available if that is your preference. Click here to access.


Wi-Fi

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.

In addition to the free Wi-Fi in the library, we also offer to Carnegie Borough residents Hot Spots that are available for check out.  For more information you can view our policy here or ask at the Circulation Desk.


Our Collection

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In addition to all of the typical materials you would expect to find in a library we have Microfilm (Census, Carnegie Newspapers, and Allegheny County Veteran Burials).

We also have an extensive collection of Civil War reference books and circulating items, including 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

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. 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. We do not accept encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines, textbooks 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.


Family Search

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The ACFL&MH is excited to announce that we have become an affiliate library of FamilySearch International. As an approved affiliate, patrons have access to the records of the largest genealogical organization in the world to learn more about their family history. Currently there are over 400,000 original records in digital format. Patrons may access FamilySearch services free of charge during normal library hours on any of our public computers. For more information, or to schedule an introductory tutorial please call Diane Klinefelter, 412-276-3456, x9 or e-mail klinefelterd@einetwork.net.


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Tax Forms

The IRS no longer supplies tax forms in bulk to libraries. For more information on the IRS visit www.irs.gov. We can download and print tax forms from their website at a cost of 20 cents per page. Unfortunately, we cannot advise patrons on tax matters.