Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Asset District: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Carnegie Library Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
North Side Internet Site: < http://www.planetarium.cc >
Library Buildings 2007 May 29
Good evening. I am Glenn A.
Last August, The Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh announced that they would abandon the historic Allegheny
Regional Branch Library, the nation’s first publicly-funded
Carnegie Library built in the neighborhood where Andrew Carnegie grew-up, to
build a new library structure three blocks away. Yet, in the presentation to
you on March 26, I received the distinct impression that Carnegie Library
wanted to have it both ways—build a new public library on
Library Director Barbara Mistick emphasized the Library’s interest in cataloging and storing older books in the original Allegheny Regional Branch building. She even had a new name for it: the “Allegheny Depository”! Is the historic Allegheny Regional Branch Library now to become simply a book warehouse, where the public is not invited? You should investigate further the Library’s plans for the original Allegheny Regional Branch building.
Secondly, on March 26, and
in December before
The repair of the original Allegheny Regional Library building is nearly complete. Yet, my impression is that, when complete, Carnegie Library has no plans to reopen this library. So, a fully-functional library, with all of the books, will remain closed while Carnegie Library attempts to raise funds to build a new library.
Does this sound to you like it is in the public interest? Should the portion of funds you provide to Carnegie Library, to serve the residents of the Lower North Side, be diverted to other uses while Carnegie Library tries to raise capital funds for a new building?
I think not. I ask that you insist that Carnegie Library reopen the historic Allegheny Regional Branch Library as soon as the building’s repairs are complete.