Content and Scope
The WPGS library is housed in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library
of Pittsburgh, Main Branch, (CLP) in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The collection does not circulate.
Our thousands of volumes focus on Western Pennsylvania records, yet extend to nearby areas in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. We have standard reference volumes and indexes on immigration and emigration records, military history, and genealogy research methods. Several hundred volumes of published family histories are cataloged by the primary surname(s) covered. A few resources such as vertical family files are not in the card catalog.
WPGS Library Location, Hours, and Assistance
(same as Pennsylvania Department of Carnegie Library, Main)
Enter the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh using the Portal Entrance from the parking lot/garage area, or the main entrance off of Schenley Drive Extension and come to the Third Floor. A WPGS volunteer is usually on hand to offer assistance with our collection for several hours during the day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Carnegie Library Hours
Monday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
WPGS Volunteer Available
01:30pm - 5:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
11:00am - 3:30pm
No volunteer available on Fridays.
No volunteer available on Saturdays.
Because this is an all-volunteer effort, there may be last-minute changes to the schedule above.
Please call the Pennsylvania Dept. desk at 412-622-3154 to be sure that someone will be available on the day that you plan to visit.
Online Research at the Library
WPGS sponsors a subscription to NewspaperArchive.com that is accessible on the seven computers in the CLP third-floor Pennsylvania Department. Patrons can also use the Pennsylvania Department computers to access CLP-purchased databases. Out-of-town patrons may request use of a guest library card for access.