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It’s not ALL about the books! Check out these and other non-traditional library items available.

  • Experience Passes
  • American Girl Dolls
  • Kindle eReaders
  • Storytime Kits
  • Board Games
  • Discovery Kits
  • Tech Takeout
  • Caregiver Backpacks
  • ...and more!

Experience Passes
Don't just check out a book - check out an EXPERIENCE! Thanks to partnerships with local attractions and museums, we are now lending special experience passes for free admission to the following locations. Ask at the front desk for availability & details!

American Girl Dolls
Each American Girl Doll comes with a doll, clothing, a bed, and other doll props. Also included is the first book in doll's chapter book series, a look at what Pittsburgh would have been like at the time of the doll's story, and a notebook to record your adventures with your American Girl! Provided through the Allegheny County Library Association.

Kindle eReaders
We've loaded some of the latest and hottest eBooks from YA and Adult onto our set of Kindles. Check the list of titles below, and then check out one of our devices. Skip the holds lists and get over 100 books (and counting) for one checkout! We also have six Kid's Kindles, loaded with child-friendly titles and ready for checkout - ask for details!

Storytime Kits
Need to do a storytime in a hurry, but can't think of a topic? Our Storytime Kits have all you need in one convenient place! Kits include books, music and audio CDs, DVDs, and interactive puppets all on a special theme. Best of all, each one includes a binder of reproducible activities and lesson plans to copy and use to extend the fun.

Board Games
Want to try out a game before buying it? Planning a game night with friends? Look no further than the library for hours of gaming fun! We have a wide variety, with more added every month. Look at our catalog of Board Games and request one today!

Discovery Kits
Want to go on a picnic? Check out a great local hiking trail? Or learn to play a new outdoor game like bocce or croquet? The library offers Discovery Kits, which include all you need to DISCOVER a new activity without having to buy all the supplies.

Tech Takeout
"Tech Takeout" is a smorgasbord of gadgets, gizmos, and tools for you to take home (and bring back when you’re done, of course!). In addition to the items listed below that you can check out, we have laptops for in-house use, plus an Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in the Teen Room! Check out our Tech Takeout Menu, then stop by the library to see what's available or call to reserve an item today!

Caregiver Backpacks
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has provided Caregiver Backpacks to libraries for checkout by family members taking care of older adults or people with disabilities. Each backpack includes brochures, books, DVDs, and other educational materials informing on caregiver issues, providing easy-to-use tips, and connecting caregivers to community resources. Check one out today!

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