Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh / Beechview Branch


Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Scope: Full Architectural Services, Interior Design

Size: 8,114 SF

The existing two story Beechview branch was constructed in 1967 as a library and has not been significantly altered in its 47 years of operation. GBBN's design solution included a building addition to provide enlarged floor area and renovations to the existing space of the library. The building was transformed to give it a more recognizable and welcoming presence within the street face of the residential neighborhood.

The design team worked with the library to facilitate a complete reorganization of the services and spaces. The adult collection area provides additional seating along with shelving that facilitates improved browsing. An enlarged, dedicated Teen Area provides an area distinct from the adult services space. A new circulation desk was designed and administrative offices was reorganized to maximize the service model and increase operating efficiencies. The children’s service space was reconfigured similarly, with lower shelving units to increase opportunities for browsing, and to provide quality seating space. The new 32-seat meeting room in the lower level can be accessed directly by a new open stair between the two floors and is utilized for children and other library programs when not scheduled for community events.