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Music: Friends of the Music Library

This guide provides an overview of resources from the Music Department at CLP. We have books, printed music, sound recordings, databases, special collections and musical instruments.

Friends of the Music Library - Supporting the Music Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for over 75 years

The Friends of the Music Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing additional funding to support the music collections at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main, and to encourage increased use of the library's collections by the public. It was originally formed in 1949 as a merging of two informal philanthropic organizations that focused on developing CLP's music collections. 

You can read more about the history of the Friends here

Friends of the Music Library Webpage


Friends of the Music Library - Activities

The Friends of the Music Library offers fellowships for the purpose of encouraging research and study utilizing the extensive resources and on-site collections of the Music Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Three fellowships of up to $3,000 may be awarded per year.


Fellowship Eligibility

The fellowship is open to anyone conducting research on a music-related topic. Students, educators, and musicians are especially encouraged to apply. The research topic should be suitable for the collection(s) available at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Branch (4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA).

To apply for a fellowship submit a 500-word essay that includes the following:

  • A short description of your research topic.
  • A list of resources/collections you will be using at the Music Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  • A brief statement indicating how you will be using the funding. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to travel, living expenses, and other expenses related to conducting research.
  • How the research may benefit others (academically, for the public, etc.).

Include a resume or CV, highlighting your music background.

​Be sure to include your contact information. 

A written report on the research the funds supported will be required six months after receipt of award. Recipients are also encouraged to present their findings via lecture or suitable presentation to the Friends of the Music Library, staff, and general public at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Email your application (or questions) to:


The Friends sponsor a music sale to support the Music Collection. We accept donations of CDs, DVDs, music scores or collected editions, and books about music. Sorry, no vinyl records at this time.

Our Next Sale

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Carnegie Library - Main
Music Department
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Please check to see if CLP is currently gathering materials. 

To be sure your donated items are accepted, please make sure they do not have the following damages

  • Loose, frayed or broken bindings
  • Yellow and/or brittle pages
  • Soiled covers and pages
  • Mold or mildew
  • Evidence of insects or rodents, on the items themselves or any boxes they may have been in
  • Strong odor
  • Water damage
  • Missing pages and illustrations

Policy for Books and Materials Donations from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Contact the library at 412-622-3114 or for more information about donating material.