Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Public Hearing of
City Council: Telephone: 412-561-7876
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Branch Library 2007 December 18
Good evening. I am Glenn A.
Attached to this statement
are letters from a few people, who could not attend this hearing, who support the
continued use of the Allegheny Regional Library building as a library. Two of
these statements are from community groups in
The proposal is to build a
new library building three blocks north of the present Allegheny Regional
Library. When one spends donated money to duplicate an already existing
facility, that is money that cannot be used for other community needs. This
community has many needs, and despite the fact that
The historic Allegheny Regional Library has served the public, admirably, for more than 115 years. 30 years ago, the Library went through a complete and comprehensive renovation. Further, over the last decade the Library has been wired and equipped for computers, the Internet, and other new technologies. The Allegheny Regional Library is quite capable of serving the 21st century needs of the public. And, even Carnegie Library’s own statistics have rated the Allegheny Regional Library as the 5th busiest library in the city system—and, this is despite the current closure of Federal and Ohio Streets!
Donor dollars could be much more efficiently and effectively spent on improvements to the existing library. And, the actual improvements needed for the existing building would be much more limited than the “Taj Mahal” wish-list that current Carnegie Library management has proposed. The basic library already exists.
Moving the library would require
more donor dollars to rehab the existing library into another use. Board of
Education Superintendent Roosevelt has already stated that the
$2 million of insurance money has been spent to repair the Allegheny Regional Library. The Lower North Side deserves library service now! The Allegheny Regional Library should be reopened to the public within the next three months.