Visiting the WPGS Library
More information about visiting the WPGS Library in the Pennsylvania Department on the Third Floor of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), Main Branch, in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
About the WPGS Library Collection
The WPGS Library is a non-circulating collection of materials made available to its members and the general public to aid in the research of general genealogy, but particularly Western Pennsylvania ancestors. WPGS has 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. Many family genealogies not found elsewhere, research materials, microforms, vertical files of family research, church histories, cemetery histories, and locality research, as well as the First Families of Western Pennsylvania ancestors. A few resources, such as vertical family files, are not in the card catalog but are available upon request.
The WPGS Library is housed in the Local History & Genealogy Department on the Third Floor of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), Main Branch, in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our thousands of volumes focus on Western Pennsylvania records, yet extend to nearby areas in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond.
The Local History & Genealogy Department’s (formerly the Pennsylvania Department) collections are now available on a limited basis to visitors. Researchers are encouraged to contact CLP at 412-622-3114, email email@example.com, or use the Chat feature on the home page of the library’s website at www.carnegielibrary.org to learn more about requesting materials.
Access to WPGS’s Collections
Now that the Carnegie Library can accommodate researchers on the 2nd floor, WPGS is also inviting our members who wish to visit to make appointments 7 days in advance through the library research email account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently have some availability on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 AM-2 PM. Other days/times may be arranged based on volunteer availability.
WPGS volunteers will need to physically transport requested materials down the elevator to the 2nd-floor reference area for use by our members. Members requesting an appointment will need to provide a list of the materials they wish to use when they make an appointment.
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