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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to "spruce up" its West End branch

One of Pittsburgh’s oldest libraries is getting some major upgrades.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s West End branch will close on October 19th while the 114-year-old building gets some much-needed improvements, including a remodeled first floor, a new slate roof and a climate control system.

“We’re calling it a spruce up,” says CLP Communications Manager Suzanne Thinnes. “People will see and feel a drastic change in the building.”

Headlining the list of other improvements to the library is the installation of central air conditioning. The branch has been forced to close a multiple times during the summer when the heat index made being inside nearly unbearable. The library will also get an elevator, making each floor of the building more accessible to greater numbers of patrons.

While CLP won’t move the West End’s materials collection to a temporary location as it did during building renovation in Lawrenceville, the West End will have a temporary setup at the nearby Library Support Center. West End patrons will be able to request items from other libraries, pick them up and return them at the temporary setup. Additionally, the library’s regular programming and activities, such as children’s story time and history club meetings, will continue at a host of other locations while the building is under construction.

Patrons needing fuller service and resources while the branch is closed are being advised to use CLP’s nearby Sheraden branch until the West End location opens next spring.

“The new space will be comfortable. I think the community will be pleased with it,” Thinnes says.

Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Suzanne Thinnes
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