Our History

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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.

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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...

Pens4Purpose Ticket Offer for the BCLA
March 5 | 7:00 pm

Support the Braddock Carnegie Library Association and enjoy special pricing when the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Blue Jackets during Read Across America Week on Tuesday, March 5. During the game, this year’s U. S. Steel Reading Champions and program volunteers will be recognized, and the Steel Cup will be in attendance for the winning class!

Plus, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will donate $10 for each ticket purchased through this special offer to the Braddock Carnegie Library Association as part of our Pens4Purpose ticket fundraising program!

Get tickets through this link.

“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