- When is the Library & Music Hall reopening? On the advice of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Library & Music Hall is temporarily closed. We are not able to predict a reopening date at the moment.
- Can I pick up my holds? During this closure, items will not travel between libraries. Your held items will be delivered when full service resumes.
- Will my checked-out items accrue fines? Any fines that result from this closure will be waived.
- Can I return my items? Our book drop is currently closed. We are sorry but we cannot accept books at this time. Fines will not accrue.
Maggie Forbes, Executive Director
Melanie Paglia, Music Hall Director
Walker Evans, Library Director
Nate Wyrick, Assistant Library Director/Facility Manager
Katie Byerly, Public Services Manager
JoLynne Dougherty, Youth Services Coordinator
Diane Klinefelter, Espy Post Curator/Social Historian
Free ebooks and audiobooks!
How to get started (video by VEEREADS on Youtube)
Free music, movies, and comics!
How to get started (By the Deerfield Library on Youtube)
How to get started (video by EBSCO on Youtube)
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 scan 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.