Stopping in or Picking Up–What you need to know about Library Services

Here are some tips on returning, requesting, and picking up your materials to make your use of the Library easy and safe! We thank you for following our guidelines to help keep us open and provide a safe environment.


To minimize contact and cross-contamination of materials that have already been quarantined, we are asking you to return your items by putting them in the OUTDOOR Book Drop yourself BEFORE entering the building.

  • Items are quarantined for 96 hours so will clear from your card after that time.
  • We are not charging late fees through the end of the year. (Donations welcome!)
  • Donation of items (books, DVDs, puzzles, games) may be placed in the smaller, labeled bin by the Outdoor Book Drop.


1) Place a standard hold: The holds (reserves) system is now up and running. You may search for specific titles by going to

Place your hold as usual. You will be notified by your original method (email or phone). Once notified, come by during our open hours, or stop by during our Park & Pickup Hours and call us from your car for curbside delivery.

2) Use our online Google Form

For specific requests, using the holds system in the catalog is the way to go now…but, if you’d like our staff to help make selections and curate some wonderful books for you, feel free to use this form. Give us some general ideas of what you want, what you love–and let us surprise you!

  • You may select adult, teen, or children’s materials. Large Print or AV.
  • Please include children’s ages to help us select appropriate items.

3) Call us at 412-486-0211

If you are unable to use the holds system or our online form, call us with your request and we will be happy to complete it for you.


For anyone not able or ready yet to stop into the building, we’re continuing to delivery to your vehicle. Make your request (as noted above) and we will deliver your materials right to your vehicle or to our front porch if you are coming via bus, bicycle, or on foot! Come to the back parking lot and call us during these hours:

Park and Pickup Service Hours
(Delivery to your Vehicle)

Monday-Thursday  10am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm

  • Park in the back lot.
  • Open your trunk or back seat. Please stay in your vehicle.
  • Call us at 412-486-0211 and tell us your name and the make/color of your vehicle.
  • We will deliver clean/bagged items to your trunk or an unoccupied back seat.

Please Note!

We will fill orders from what we have in the building. For items that are out or we do not have, we will now place a traditional hold on that item for you. (We cannot give a time frame when this hold might arrive. You’ll receive your usual email or phone call on these holds.)

Give us at least 24-48 hours to pull items. Please wait until you are notified (call or email) when they are ready to be picked up.

Items are checked out for the normal time period of three weeks or one week. (Many items are now auto-renewing! You can check your account online.)

Thank you so much for your patience and kindness!