Carnegie Free Library Of Swissvale, serving an area of 12,000 residents, has a collection of 16,800 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 560 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 1,470 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 4 employees, including one fully accredited librarian, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $20,000. Patrons make 58,000 visits annually, and check out materials 52,000 times. Twenty-four percent of all check-outs are children's materials.