Allegheny County libraries launch campaign to diversify leadership boards and committees

In 2021, ACLA launched The Talent Bank – a new online resource to help local libraries to acquire the interest and talents of community members to serve in leadership positions. Many opportunities for library board of trustees and volunteer committee positions exist among ACLA’s 46 public libraries.  Through The Talent Bank, ACLA and its member […]

“Love Your Library” campaign raises a record-breaking $1.23 million for Allegheny County Libraries during the month of September

The Jack Buncher Foundation provides match to support literacy and learning   During September’s annual Love Your Library campaign, Allegheny County libraries raised a record-breaking $1.23 million in charitable contributions, more than any previous year. Of this amount, almost $772,000, the largest amount of eligible funds ever raised, is eligible for a prorated match from […]

A Word from Our CEO, Amy Anderson

  Hello and thank you all so much for the warm welcome I have received so far. I have always wanted to come back to Pittsburgh and I am so excited to be here working with the libraries of Allegheny County. Over the next several months, I want to learn more about the communities throughout […]

Student Library Cards Roll Out in Woodland Hills and West Allegheny School Districts

  Studies have shown that the benefits of using a library include better success in school and an increased likelihood of continued use of the library into adulthood. However, not all children are given the opportunity to use the library due to various barriers. The Allegheny County Library Association is proud to announce that two […]

Our Nature Partners

Prior to the pandemic, the Allegheny County Library Association launched the Nature Explorer Program with the Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny Land Trust and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. While the nature backpacks are not currently circulating, the four organizations have been able to maintain the partnership through 2020 and into 2021 – offering virtual programming, curated […]

Our Library Champions

  Our libraries across Allegheny County have had many champions over the years. More than a dozen of our libraries bear the distinctive mark of Andrew Carnegie. He constructed 1,700 library buildings in the United States, but he wanted to ensure that local communities would support those facilities going forward. He donated the buildings to […]

Summer is Right Around the Corner

Summer is right around the corner and the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is pleased to announce another summer of virtual programming beginning June 14. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, the need for remote programming from partners that garner the largest audiences is still necessary and important. We are pleased to have partner […]

National Library Week 2021

National Library Week, April 4 – 10, 2021, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. The theme for National Library Week 2021, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – […]

Every Public Library is a Star to the Community It Serves

It’s true – every public library is a star to the community it serves. In Allegheny County, we are fortunate to have many libraries that are recognized as stars both nationally and statewide.   Library Journal Star Libraries Library Journal’s Star Library Ratings spotlight the best of the best across America. The 2020 edition indexes […]