Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh / East Liberty Branch


Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Size: 33,000 sf renovation / 9,000 sf addition
2011 Pittsburgh Chapter AIA Award

The design team worked with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to fully renovate the existing 1967 facility and provide an addition which facilitates a complete reorganization of library services. The existing building was completely transformed by removing its un-insulated, single glazed envelope and expanding the structure to enlarge the facility and provide a greater visual presence when approached from all nearby streets. The new exterior wall assembly helps to provide for a highly sustainable building with a thermally superior envelope.

The interior space was reorganized to locate all of the main library services, including adult, teen and children’s department services on a single floor with maximum staff sight lines to minimize staffing requirements. Accessibility, both physical and visual, is important to the visitor experience. A welcoming environment to a diverse customer base and strong wayfinding so that all visitors can orient themselves to the space immediately upon entry ensures that services are readily perceived.