Library Policies

Library Card Policies


All Allegheny County residents can sign up for a library card at the library circulation desk. Library cards are free, and give you access to wide variety of library materials not just in the Carnegie Library of Homestead, but in all of Allegheny County!

To apply for a library card you must show photo ID. Minors under the age of 18 must be present with a parent or guardian to apply for a library card. The parent or guardian must have photo ID, and must sign and accept financial responsibility for the minor.

Please report lost or stolen library cards immediately. Bring ID to the library and Circulation Desk staff will issue you a new one. There is a $1.00 charge for a new card.

You are not permitted to use another patron’s card for internet or borrowing privileges. Your card may be blocked if you are using another patron’s card.

Your library card gives you access to:

  • 35,000 books and serial volumes
  • 55 different magazine subscriptions, both current and back-issue
  • 1,800 DVDs and VHS tapes
  • 1,300 musical CDs, books on CD, and books on tape
  • Free computer use
  • Free internet access and WiFi
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Reference assistance in person, by phone (412-462-3444 x231) or by email.
  • Photocopier (black and white $0.20 per copy plus tax, color $0.65 per copy plus tax)
  • Prints ($0.20 per page plus tax)
  • Fax machine, ingoing and outgoing ($1.50 per page)
  • Microfilm reader and printer
  • Historical files
  • Homestead Messenger from 1880 on microfilm
  • Programs for all ages, including weekly programs in the Children’s Room and free computer classes for adults and senior citizens. For information on specific events please view our Events Calendar.


Loan Periods

  • 3 weeks for books, books on CD, and books on tape.
  • 3 weeks for DVDs and VHS tapes
  • Reference materials are for in-library use only.



  • Fines are calculated and accumulated on days when library is open
  • $0.15 per day per book, book of CD, and book on tape
  • $0.50 per day per DVD and VHS tape
  • Fines on your account must be less than $10.00 in order to have access to the library computers.
  • Fines on your account must be less than $10.00 in order to check out or renew library materials.
  • Borrower is responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items.


Renewing Library Materials

You can renew your library materials at the circulation desk, online, or by calling 412-462-3444.

Requesting Materials Online

You can request materials from any public library in Allegheny County. When you find the item you want in the online catalog, click on the purple box where it says “Request This Item”. You will then have to enter your name, library card number, and the library where you would like to pick up the item.

Additional Policies