Carnegie Library Downtown Branch to Close for Expansion

Visitors won’t have to go far to find the Downtown branch’s temporary outpost.
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As the Carnegie Libraries continue to grow, the time has come to make the Downtown location even bigger. 

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, the Downtown branch of the Carnegie Library will close for a year-long renovation. While work is underway at 612 Smithfield St., the library will open a pop-up location across the street.

Located between the Port Authority and Steel City Clothing, the library’s pop-up will offer a selection of best-selling books as well as three public computers. Visitors can also pick library materials up and drop them off at the temporary location.

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The library’s renovations will cost more than $6 million and will increase the area of the library by 68%, adding 8,681 square feet to the library for childhood and teen programming. 

“The new Downtown library aims to have something for everyone,” says Holly Anderton, library services manager for the Downtown branch.

The pop-up will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The library’s various outreach programs will continue to operate during renovations.

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