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Old 10-16-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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Last I knew the City, which I gather owns the Mt. Washington building, doesn't yet have any plans for it if this closing goes through.

I have to say although it seems like a nice little building (I have never been inside), it isn't exactly an ideal structure for a Grandview location, and it has a big "backyard" that doesn't seem to be very useful right now.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Sorry, I was off by an hour on Lawrenceville's closing time. It still doens't provide much time for someone to get off work at 5, commute home, and browse the library for a book or movie. Maybe if they know what they want, reserve it online, don't have too long of a commute, and rush to the library without going to or doing anything at home first.

The point I was trying to make is that a library holding normal business hours, or close to it, isn't of much use to many people outside of schoolage kids during vacations. If the library shifted it's schedule from 10am - 6pm to 12pm - 8pm it would give people who work normal hours a lot more time to use it. They could always switch hours during school vacations, if access for children before noon is a concern.

Maybe it's just me, maybe I should know exactly what I want, not be prone to browsing, not mind having to rush straight to the library from work. It really doesn't make a difference, though; An increase in library-goers does not make them any more cost effective.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Cottageville
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As crazy as that sounds, a library needs to fulfill everyones needs, and if somebody comes in for wrestling DVDs and picks up a Bruno Sammartino biography and learns to love reading, that makes everyone happy...
Off topic but I just had to say it was nice to see Bruno's name. A childhood hero and what a nice guy!
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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Off topic but I just had to say it was nice to see Bruno's name. A childhood hero and what a nice guy!

Couldn't agree more, when I lived in Ross I used to see him jogging along Thompson Run Road.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Save the Libraries Facebook group: Login | Facebook

And petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/CLP123/petition.html
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Well certainly this is good news to hear: Emotional crowd pleads to keep libraries open

I'm still befuddled how the city has been able to fund all these expensive projects while library officials warned about these closings. Maybe if there's enough public support, the city actually might step in and accomplish something.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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There's going to be a rally on Wednesday the 11th in front of the Carnegie Library in Oakland from 1pm to 3pm. so says Facebook.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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Sorry, I was off by an hour on Lawrenceville's closing time. It still doens't provide much time for someone to get off work at 5, commute home, and browse the library for a book or movie. Maybe if they know what they want, reserve it online, don't have too long of a commute, and rush to the library without going to or doing anything at home first.

The point I was trying to make is that a library holding normal business hours, or close to it, isn't of much use to many people outside of schoolage kids during vacations. If the library shifted it's schedule from 10am - 6pm to 12pm - 8pm it would give people who work normal hours a lot more time to use it. They could always switch hours during school vacations, if access for children before noon is a concern.

Maybe it's just me, maybe I should know exactly what I want, not be prone to browsing, not mind having to rush straight to the library from work. It really doesn't make a difference, though; An increase in library-goers does not make them any more cost effective.
I know I was shocked to see that there isn't a library in the city that is open past 7 pm during the week. Somebody should mention to the city that an awful lot of people work 9 to 5ish, and they might like to visit the library during the week. Or do Pittsburgh civic leaders still think that the little woman is at home all day to take the kids to the library and checkout books for her husband?
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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They had to dramatically slash hours a few years ago for an earlier round of budget cuts: Carnegie Library to cut hours in face of shrinking budget - Pittsburgh Business Times:

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the main library in Oakland and the Squirrel Hill branch will no longer be open Sundays. The remaining 16 branch libraries will have their operating hours reduced by 15 percent to 20 percent.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Swisshelm Park
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I know I was shocked to see that there isn't a library in the city that is open past 7 pm during the week.
While I agree that more evening hours would be convenient, the main branch (which is in the city) is open until 8 Mon - Thurs. The Swissvale and Edgewood libraries (which are part of the eiNetwork of libraries where you can use your Carnegie library card and request/return/checkout books interchangably) also have hours till 8 on some weekdays. Other eiNetwork libraries may have evening hours as well, I'm just most familiar with these two.

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The main branch in Oakland and the Squirrel Hill branch will no longer be open Sundays. The remaining 16 branch libraries will have their operating hours reduced by 15 percent to 20 percent.
The main branch and Squirrel Hill branch still have Sunday hours, so some of the cuts in that article must have been rescinded.
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