The Cost of COVID-19

It is hard to believe that it’s been nearly seven months since the pandemic caused widespread closures across Allegheny County.  While libraries also closed their doors (temporarily), they continued to serve in a variety of ways. They offered a full range of virtual programming for all ages, online and phone reference support, access to their […]

Everyday Advocacy

By Kimberley Hrivnak “I don’t know what to say.” That’s a statement that I regularly hear when it comes to advocacy. There is no one-size-fits- all answer, but there is an easy way to get started. Build the relationship. Don’t let your first visit to an elected official be an ask. Start small. Drop off […]

Something New for Summer Reading

This year, in an unprecedented show of solidarity among the county libraries, the Allegheny County Library Association delivered the first-ever virtual summer reading program. Not knowing what to expect and having no other programs to model after, summer of 2020 could be considered a success in collaboration and a lesson in virtual programming.

Northern Tier Regional Library Wins National PR Award

Northern Tier Regional Library has received the 2020 PR Xchange Award from the American Library Association for their print campaign in the Advocacy/Fundraising/Annual Reports/Strategic Plan category. The PR Xchange Committee is charged with coordinating the annual awards competition, under the direction of the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), […]

From our Executive Director

The past days have been extremely challenging for our larger community, but it is clear that so many selfless people are helping us weather the challenges.  Acts of kindness abound, neighbors are supporting one another, families are spending more time together than ever.

Hrivnak Receives Certificate of Merit

The Allegheny County Library Association is pleased to announce that Assistant Director Kimberley Hrivnak is the 2019 recipient of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Certificate of Merit.

Fine Free Libraries Remove One More Barrier to Service

  Allegheny County Library Association continues to expand its fine-free program. Launched as a pilot in 2019, the program has already resulted in increased circulation and patron registrations beyond expectations.

Another Successful Love Your Library Month

The Love Your Library initiative is a month-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the libraries of Allegheny County, jointly coordinated by the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

ACLA Shared Accounting Services Receives Grant from Dollar Bank Foundation

[columns] [span6] In January 2020, the Dollar Bank Foundation generously awarded $20,000 to the ACLA Shared Accounting Services program. This support has allowed us to expand our existing service to incorporate an additional three libraries this year, with a total of 17 libraries now participating.

Libraries in the News

Check out what some of the Allegheny County libraries have been up – it might surprise you.