Our History

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The Braddock Avenue/Kenmawr Avenue ramp onto the Rankin Bridge is closed through the end of the year. Please check your route for detours.

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The Braddock Avenue/Kenmawr Avenue ramp onto the Rankin Bridge is closed through the end of the year. Please check your route for detours.

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We Forge Our Own History

Welcome to the home of the first Carnegie library in the United States! Established in 1889 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the library stands as a testament to Andrew Carnegie's vision of providing access to knowledge and resources for all.

Braddock Carnegie Library Timeline

Where Our Story Begins…

Situated in the very town where Carnegie's inaugural steel mill operated, the Braddock Carnegie Library embodies the opulence of the nineteenth-century industrial boom. Its architectural style and intricate details reflect the prosperity of the era. Over time, the building has not only retained its beauty but has also borne witness to the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and public institutions. As the community endured industrial decline and population loss, the library, too, bore the scars of neglect.

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What’s coming up...

Pirates vs Rays benefiting the BCLA
June 23 | 1:35pm

Enjoy an afternoon at PNC park and support the Braddock Carnegie Library Association at the same time! Using our special ticket link, your $35 ticket purchase comes loaded with a $10 food credit plus $5 from each ticket is donated to the BCLA!

Bring the whole family! The Pirates will face off against the Rays and kids 14 and under can take home a replica David Bednar City Connect Jersey. It's also a Family Fun Day at the park, so get to Federal Street early to enjoy the Family Fun Zone, presented by C&M Play Studio, with fun and activities for the whole family. And don't forget to stick around after the game for Kids Run the Bases, presented by Coen Markets!

Purchase tickets here.

“This building was built to last…for generations to come…a center of light & learning, a never-failing spring of all good influences.”

— Andrew Carnegie, March 30, 1889 Dedication of Braddock Carnegie Library