Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Interactive UX (“User Experience”)

Photos: Ed Massery

Libraries are changing from repositories of physical goods to facilitators of search, retrieval, and collaboration. Forward-looking projects provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary, interactive, collaborative, and hands-on education and learning activities for students, researchers, and the community at large. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh underwent a major renovation and upgrade of their flagship facility. Multiple projectors, large-format LCD monitors, a bank of PC’s, and a total of 70 feet of LED boards to blend educational, retail, cyber café, and experiential environments into a public destination were designed and installed.

There are four discrete large-format LCD flat-panel display systems in the entry and open areas. The two entry area LCD flat-panel displays measure 40” diagonal. One of the displays is “portrait style” to support media specifically generated for a vertical aspect ratio. The accounts area LCD flat-panel display also measure 40” diagonal. The open area LCD flat-panel display measures 32” and is mounted to the backside of a vertical glass “synapse” panel. Four discrete display systems dominate the teen area; one system consists of a pair of small LCD flat-panel monitors, both of which simultaneously display the same information originating from a dedicated desktop computer. The other three display systems are straight-line rear-projection systems utilizing LCD video projectors. One of the three rear-projection systems is also provided with a DVD/CD player, video deck, CATV tuner, audio amplifier, and loudspeakers.

There are two discrete display systems in the nerve center. One system is based on three small LCD flat-panel monitors, all of which simultaneously display the same information originating from a dedicated desktop computer. The other display system is a straight-line rear-projection system utilizing a LCD video projector. An IP-based controller is also provided for the LCD video projector to automate its power on and off functions. The equipment complement for the central control includes a network switch and CATV signal distribution electronics. The network switch creates an isolated LAN dedicated to the control and programming of the IP-based controllers.


Pittsburgh, PA


GBBN Architect


Audiovisual Systems Design

Key Facts

12,000 GSF


  • Grand Prize Winner, Archi-Tech AV Awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Pittsburgh Chapter, 2006
  • Design Award, AIA – Pittsburgh Chapter, 2005