WWII fashions
Women of the World War II Home Front

Saturday March 30 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Women of the World War II Home Front” is a fashion-focused program on the role of women in both the US and the UK during the war and how fashions reflected both their wartime roles and the impact of the war itself.  For example, some materials (such as silk and nylon were not available for clothing (as  they were needed for wartime exigencies such as parachutes, etc.) and styles reflected the somberness of the times (for example, wedding dresses became much simpler, discarding ornate, frilly designs).  Women’s role in wartime industries was also reflected in clothing design.

The fashion component will consist of a slide presentation with live commentary by Britsburgh’s  Deborah Popp Gilbert, Vice President of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Debbie draws on the Society’s vintage clothing collection to inform her presentation and will bring several of these antique outfits on mannequins for display during the program.

Also included is a 1940s-themed tea, including desserts such as “WW2 War Cake,” the recipe for which reflects wartime shortages in its elimination of butter and use of alternate sweeteners rather than white sugar.

The presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. followed by the afternoon tea at 3:00 p.m.  Register via Britsburgh’s website at by March 28.

national library week
National Library Week (April 7-13)

Join us for this annual celebration throughout the week.

State rep. Anita Kulik will be here on Thursday April 11 to celebrate not only National Library Week but also the 125th anniversary of the founding of Carnegie Borough.  We will have all kinds of Scottish crafts down in the Studio starting at 6:00 pm and local story teller Mary Morgan Smith will be here at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln to share stories of Carnegie and of Scotland. Come to one or both

If you can’t make it on Thursday or just want to do it all again, we will be ending this week long celebration with crafts and stories and State Rep. Anita Kulik again in the Lincoln Gallery on Saturday April 13 from 10:00 am to Noon.

Abandoned Pittsburgh presented by Chuck Beard

April 29, 2019 || 7:00 – 8:00 pm

For a look inside some of our city’s hidden historical sites, join photographer Chuck Beard for “Abandoned Pittsburgh — Art + History.” Discussion will include a visual presentation of Western Penitentiary, Carrie Furnace, Duquesne Steel Works, St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Carnegie’s Husler Building and more, plus a behind-the-scenes look at an industrial photo shoot.

Chuck Beard is the founder of the Abandoned Pittsburgh project, which has led to the publication of three books in the Abandoned Pittsburgh series, with more planned for the future. The project documents the Steel City’s forgotten industrial and community sites where “beauty in decay” still exists. He is Art Director at Pittsburgh Magazine and a prolific photographer in artistic and journalistic media. He lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

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 still hold up today.  Copies will be available out at the desk.  Open to adults and teens.  We will 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. 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


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.