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 and West Virginia and beyond. We have standard reference volumes and indexes on immigration and emigration records, military history and genealogy research methods. Several hunderd volumes of published family histories are catalogued by the primary surname(s) covered. A few resources such as vertical family files are not in the card catalog.
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.
A WPGS volunteer is usually on hand to offer assistance with our collection for several hours during the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. See usual schedule
. Microfilm from the WPGS collection is only available for use when a volunteer is on duty, Books are self-service anytime the library is open.
WPGS Library Location and Hours
(same as Pennsylvania Department of Carnegie Library, Main)
Enter using the Portal Entrance from the parking lot/garage area, or the main entrance off of Schenley Drive Extension.
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm