Hours and Location
Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
308 N Walnut
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Employment at the Pittsburg Public Library is managed through the Human Resources Department at the City of Pittsburg.
Visit their site to fill out an application and be sure to indicate that you’re interested in working at the library.
Submit your completed application and resume to:
City Hall, 201 W. 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762.
Please fill out the form below to contact Pittsburg Public Library. We will return your contact within 1 business day. Please provide an active email address and check your Junk and/or SPAM folders for return emails.
The Pittsburg Public Library first opened its doors in January 1902 when the west wing of the city office building was used to house a small collection of books. The citizens of Pittsburg quickly realized the value of a public library and in 1907 the Library Board of Trustees began looking for ways to secure funds for a larger building.
The Board approached steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie who was noted for his philanthropy towards libraries. Carnegie agreed to donate $40,000 towards a new building. Carnegie’s involvement angered area miners, and in order to appease them it was agreed that the Carnegie name would not appear on the façade of the building.
Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Patton and Miller and completed in 1912, the new building was one of few Carnegie libraries exemplifying Prairie Style architecture. This design choice was another concession to the miners and residents who did not want an elaborate or ornate facility. The library building features an exterior of Carthage limestone and the interior furnishings reflect the Arts and Crafts style made popular during the early twentieth century. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Again outgrowing its space, the public library underwent an extensive addition and renovation in 1996-98 funded by a one-half cent sales tax. Details of the original building were incorporated into the addition, which more than doubled the library’s space. A new entrance was created facing Walnut Street. The original south exterior wall was preserved and is now inside the building, demonstrating the seamless transition between old and new. The expansion project transformed the historic building into a true community center by adding the children’s library, public meeting room, lobby space and more. The project also included the addition of an elevator and ramps which make the entire building assessable to all patrons. In 1999 the Pittsburg Public Library received the Award for Excellence from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.
As usage continued to increase, the library once again expanded in 2010, opening the East Entrance for public use. The new entrance includes automatic doors and access to additional parking, handicapped spaces, and convenient fifteen minute parking. Along with the entrance the library added a new media room.
Over 400 people walk through the doors of the Pittsburg Public Library each day (with twice that many in June and July). We are proud of our historic yet modern facility, and are looking forward to continuing our community services into the 21st century.
The Pittsburg Public Library offers two meeting rooms for public use. Rooms must be reserved in advance. Meeting rooms are available free of charge to non-profit groups and area businesses. Please read the Meeting Room Policy for additional information.
If you have questions or would like to reserve a room, please call 620-231-8110 or complete the room reservation form below.
Public computers are located throughout the library. The 2nd floor Computer Lab is open to users age 18 and older. Lab users are limited to one hour of usage, per person, per day.
Computers for young adults (6th through 12th grades) are located in the YA Room on the 1st floor.
The Youth Services Department also has computers available for youth and their parents. In youth areas, time is limited.
All Internet access is filtered, and patrons must use web-based e-mail accounts to send and receive messages on library computers. All public computers automatically shut down 10-minutes before the library closes.
Users must abide by the library’s Computer & Internet Usage Policy.
Library computers use the Windows 7 operating system. Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox browsers are available.
For wireless access, users can connect to one of our many access points throughout the building, available during library hours. No password is required.
Wireless internet access automatically shuts down 10-minutes before the library closes.
Mission and Vision
The Pittsburg Public Library provides free access to ideas, materials, and services that support the cultural, educational, and recreational enrichment of the community.
The Pittsburg Public Library will be a cultural, intellectual, and social center of the community, providing support for reading and information literacy, continually adapting its collections, services and facility in response to the changes in cultural, educational, and recreational needs of Pittsburg.
Partners and Affiliates
The Pittsburg Public Library is a department of the City of Pittsburg. A portion of local property taxes is used to support the library, as well as funds provided by the State of Kansas.
The Pittsburg Public Library is part of the Southeast Kansas Library System, one of seven regional library systems in the state, and is a member of a local library consortium that includes USD 250 libraries and Axe Library at Pittsburg State University.