Thinking about going to a library may bring up nostalgic memories of renting books as a kid or doing research papers in college. You may think the library is a great resource for children and students. It absolutely is! But the Carnegie Library system has a lot to offer young professionals in the Pittsburgh area. Grab a latte and get into a good book, listen to an audiobook, participate in events, or start volunteering.

Quick Access to Bestsellers


Don’t think that the library only offers rows of old, dusty books that people aren’t really interested in reading. Bestsellers are lined up in displays at the front of the entrance. You can also reserve new books through their online site or get on a waitlist for a really popular book.

Search, Rent and Renew Online


Speaking of their online site, it’s one of the best things about the Carnegie Library. Search through thousands of books in many formats — print, books on CD, books on tape, or audiobooks. Place your holds online and a librarian will gather your books for you at your chosen location so you just have to walk in and pick them up. You can renew checked out items online too.

Audiobooks and eBooks

One wonderful thing about the Carnegie system is that they’re not only offering printed books. They have audiobooks that you can download right to your phone. You can stream and download eBooks, videos, music and magazines. The library also has books on CD that you could listen to during your work commute or on a road trip.

Take a Tour of a Historic Location

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The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s main location is in Oakland. The historic building is also home to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art. If you’re checking out either of these museums, add a trip to the library onto your tour. (Unlike the museums, access to the library is free.) Historical tours that explore the architecture and art in the building are offered on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Included Access to


You’ve probably heard of before. Now associated with LinkedIn, this online course website offers classes and tutorials in almost any topic imaginable. Want to become a graphic designer? What about a front-end web developer? Interested in 3D animation, songwriting, or music production? offers courses in all of these.

To gain access to this massive library, typically you would have to pay a monthly subscription fee. Thanks to the Carnegie Library system, you can access all of these courses for free. Simply use your library card information to log in and start learning. Even if you’re not reading physical books, the library offers incredible learning opportunities.

Local Events

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The library hosts lots of free events and programs every week. Participate in book clubs, attend After Hours events, or learn a new language. You can find activities based on what type of event you’re interested in or what location would you like to go to.

Service Opportunities

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Hundreds of volunteers give back at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh every year. If you’re hoping to get more involved or are looking for ways to help your local community, consider volunteering at your local library. The Library can use help with language classes, tutoring, editing resumes, teaching computer skills, and facilitating book discussions.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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