Who We Are
The library will be closed Monday, January 15th for staff training.
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Welcome to Braddock Carnegie Library
Welcome to the Braddock Carnegie Library Association, where community, knowledge, and innovation converge. We are a dynamic institution committed to serving the diverse needs of Braddock, Chalfant, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock and Turtle Creek. At our library, we strive to make a profound impact on community development by offering invaluable resources, fostering intellectual growth, and empowering individuals to reach their full potential.
Our vision is for our community to become a model for shared learning and experiences through individual and cooperative enrichment.
Our mission is to provide reliable access to resources that engage compassionate and creative neighbors.
We uphold and adapt Carnegie’s original vision of our library as a “Center of Light & Learning” for the community we serve.
With our passionate staff, we curate an extensive collection of materials, including books, e-books, audiobooks, periodicals, and multimedia resources. Whether you're seeking academic literature, entertainment, or practical information, our library is here to serve as your gateway to a wealth of knowledge.
Furthermore, we embrace the transformative power of technology in advancing library services. From cutting-edge digital platforms to innovative tools and technologies, we ensure that our patrons have access to state-of-the-art resources that support their diverse interests and pursuits.
But our library extends beyond a physical space filled with resources; it is a thriving community of lifelong learners, inquisitive minds, and passionate individuals. We offer a wide range of programs, workshops, and events designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds. From early literacy programs for children to career development workshops for adults, our library serves as a catalyst for personal growth and community enrichment.
As we embark on this journey together, we invite you to explore the vast array of services and programs our library has to offer. Discover new worlds through our collections, connect with fellow enthusiasts at our community events, or simply find a quiet corner to immerse yourself in a world of imagination. The Braddock Carnegie Library Association is your gateway to endless opportunities, and we are honored to be a part of your story.
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.
Our Service Area
Braddock Carnegie Library Association is dedicated to serving the diverse communities within its primary service area, encompassing the vibrant towns of Braddock, Chalfant, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock, and Turtle Creek. While serving a combined population of over 14,000 people, our library strives to provide accessible and inclusive resources to meet the unique needs and interests of each individual within this dynamic community.
A Vibrant History
Braddock, Pennsylvania, a historic town on the Monongahela River, has a rich and significant history. Once a thriving mill town and cultural center, Braddock was home to Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill, which has played a pivotal role in the town's economy since its construction in 1872. Braddock and nearby communities experienced the effects of industrial decline in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in a loss of vitality and a decline in population. Despite these challenges, our community offers opportunities for revitalization and renewal. Dedicated individuals have sought to further positive change and social justice in the area. Braddock's unique qualities lie in its historical significance as an industrial hub, its resilient community, and ongoing initiatives to promote art, urban renewal, and organic farming.
Nestled amidst the scenic landscapes surrounding Braddock are the communities of Chalfant, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock, and Turtle Creek. Each of these neighborhoods contributes to the area's unique character and diversity. Chalfant boasts a close-knit community with a warm suburban atmosphere. East Pittsburgh is known for its tranquil residential streets and picturesque parks. North Braddock, like Braddock itself, carries a legacy of industrial heritage while also nurturing a spirit of renewal. Turtle Creek offers a charming blend of residential and commercial spaces along its tree-lined streets. Together, these communities are bound by their resilience, shared history, and a commitment to building a brighter future. The Braddock Carnegie Library Association proudly serves as a unifying force, providing resources and support to all residents across these remarkable neighborhoods.
We understand the pivotal role libraries play in shaping communities and enhancing quality of life. Through responding to community feedback and strategic initiatives, we continuously assess our impact and measure our success in meeting the needs of our patrons. Our library is more than just a repository of books; it is a hub of knowledge, engagement, and collaboration. From offering engaging programs and resources to fostering a love for reading and learning, the BCLA is committed to enriching the lives of residents and empowering them with knowledge and opportunities for personal growth.