P.O. Box 1041
Mail: < email@example.com >
Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
Jacqui Fiske Lazo, Chairwoman
Board of Trustees
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-4080
Re: Request under terms of the Pennsylvania
Right-to-Know Law [Act of June 21, 1957, P.L. 390, No. 212, 60 P.S. 66.1 et
seq., as amended].
Dear Ms. Lazo:
Several years ago, then-Carnegie Library Director Herb Elish specifically
requested formal lease agreements for each library branch, between The Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh.
For the previous century, the Library System had operated branches in
City-owned buildings, without need for such formal arrangements.
I, respectfully, ask that you send me a copy of the operating agreement
and leases, between The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh, for the Beechview, Lawrenceville, West End,
Mount Washington, Carrick, and Knoxville
library branches, and the Allegheny Depository. Such documents can be sent to
me by electronic mail to this address: < firstname.lastname@example.org
I make this request under the terms of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law [Act of June 21,
1957, P.L. 390, No. 212, 60 P.S. 66.1 et seq., as amended]. Although the
Right-to-Know Law does not apply to most 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations,
the Right-to-Know Law does apply to state-funded public libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Title 22 of the Pennsylvania
141.21, Subsection (2), Part (i), Subpart (C) states:
“(C) The library shall be an integral part of general local
The Pennsylvania Code provides that public libraries may receive public funding
from the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania so long
as the home municipality has declared the library in question to be their legal
“agency” for providing library service to the general public.
In the case of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, this requirement
was satisfied on 1890 February 25 with the enactment into law, by the City of Pittsburgh, of Ordinance
Number 240. Ordinance Number 240 of 1889-1890 accepted Andrew Carnegie’s generous
offer to build libraries for Pittsburgh and
officially designated these libraries as the “Carnegie Free Libraries of the
City of Pittsburgh.”
Ordinance Number 240 was passed by the Select and Common Councils of the City
of Pittsburgh on 1890 February 24, signed into law by Pittsburgh Mayor William
McCallin on 1890 February 25, and then entered into Ordinance Book 7 page 265.
Such designated “agencies” of municipal government are required to
abide by all aspects of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law [Act of June 21,
1957, P.L. 390, No. 212, 60 P.S. 66.1 et seq., as amended] and the Pennsylvania Sunshine
of July 3, 1986, P.L. 388, No. 84, 65 P.S. 271 et seq., as amended], as are all
other parts of municipal government.
Jacqui Fiske Lazo 2009
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According to a 2002 June amendment to the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know
Law, which legally took effect on 2002 December 26, the response to
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law requests, by non-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
agencies, including “agencies” of municipalities, “shall not exceed five business
days from the date the written request is received.”
I look forward to a prompt reply to my Right-to-Know Law request.
Glenn A. Walsh
Copy: David Tessitor