Lee: Braddock library to receive $750,000 state grant

Funding to help with major renovation project at library

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 – For 130 years the Braddock Carnegie Library has been a cornerstone of the ever-changing Braddock community. Today, state Rep. Summer Lee is proud to announce that the library’s major renovation campaign has been selected to receive a $750,000 state grant.

“When I first took office, I was thrilled to be able to celebrate the Braddock Carnegie Library’s 130th birthday and recognize the importance this institute has had in our community,” Lee said. “Today, I’m equally happy to announce this major state grant, which will help preserve the library for another 130 years -- and help it evolve to continue its vital mission in our community”

The funding for the project was announced Thursday through the state Department of Education’s Keystone Library program, which is funded by a portion of the realty transfer tax. Through the program, grantees can receive up to 50% of the funding needed to upgrade or rehabilitate public libraries.

The library has been raising funds to pay for its renovation campaign, which will include structural repairs to the building itself, increased ADA accommodations and enable the library to continue its mission as a place of learning and development in the communities it serves.

“At a time when folks are feeling disconnected, libraries have more than ever stepped up and leaned into their roles of community hubs and anchors,” Lee said. “This funding will enable the Braddock library to continue to be that, and to continue to educate and inspire our community.”