Anniversary Celebrations Coming Soon

Did you know that Sewickley Public Library is older than the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Edgar Thompson Steel Works, the Duquesne Incline, the Smithfield Street Bridge, Kaufmann’s department store, Schenley Park, the H.J. Heinz Company, Carnegie Steel, Carnegie Museums, The Pittsburgh Zoo, and Kennywood Park!  We were here before all of it!

In 2023 we will celebrate our 150th Anniversary of service, as well as the 100th anniversary of our original library building at the corner of Broad and Thorn that now houses our reference department.  In preparation, we are undergoing a $1.6 million preservation project to replace the original Spanish tile roof, ten historic windows, and installation of a brand-new air-conditioning system for the entire library.  We expect construction to commence in late 2022.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone in our history with our patrons, donors and Friends in a year-long series of programs and events beginning February 7, 2023 when we officially mark the 150th anniversary of our founding.  We will unveil a commemorative logo, an anniversary-edition library card, a shop full of library swag for purchase, and special programs and events to include amazing storytimes, conversations about our history and place in the Quaker Valley community, and creative contests for artists and writers alike. 

We’ll share more details as they’re available, so check back here for updates and make plans to celebrate your library where Great Stories Start Here.

Bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates about construction and 2023 anniversary celebration events.

Project Updates

Public Bidding Process Complete

The Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors, in cooperation with Landau Building Company, has successfully completed a public bidding process to engage with the contractors who will perform the work for our Keystone Project.  Their contracts are now being drawn up, reviewed and prepared for signature.  Upon completion, construction materials will begin to be ordered.  Our estimated commencement of the construction phase is currently predicted to be February of 2023.  Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  (Updated 8/26/22)

Moving Forward with Restoration Undertaking
Please excuse our team of architects and engineers as they take measurements and make final plans to replace the roof of our 1923 building, ten historic windows, and air conditioning for the entire library. They are working in cooperation with Landau Building Company with whom we have contracted to manage the project. In the meantime, some updates are being made to our existing air conditioning units that we hope will keep us a little cooler this summer until the new units can be replaced. Thank you for your patience as we work through construction logistics and try to keep library service interruptions to a minimum. (Updated 5/24/2022)

This project is supported, in part, through a grant with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.