Research

Our library is a one-stop-shop for your homework and research needs. Here’s what we have to offer.

Online Databases


All Databases– While Google can answer most questions, when you need to do serious research, databases are the place to go. Allegheny County has a hearty list of databases like Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com (in-library use only) and Chilton Auto Repair. The databases are listed in alphabetical order (to use some of the databases when you’re not at the library, you will need your library card number).

PA Power Library– The state of Pennsylvania also has a selection of databases, known as Power Library. Find those databases listed by area of research.

SkillshareOnline classes taught by expert practitioners for your career or your passions. Some classes available for free, but unlock ALL of Skillshare’s 17,000+ classes with a free 30-day Skillshare membership with your library card. Click here to find out more and how to start your membership.

Our Building


We have computers, a laptop for in-library use and wifi – all at no cost to you.  We have plenty of cozy study spaces for group study and meetings throughout the library. Find more information about using those spaces here. You may also request or check out a wifi hotspot if you’re in need of  an internet connection while you’re on-the-go.

Ask Someone For Help


Talk to us- our staff is always available to help you. We can help you find books, get obscure newspaper and magazine articles and answer your burning questions. Stop by, call us at Cooper-Siegel Community Library 412-828-9520 or Sharpsburg Community Library at 412-781-0783 or send us an email at coopersiegelref@einetwork.net.

Ask Here PA –  is a state-wide service where you can chat with a college or university librarian. You can even get a transcript of your chat to show your research.

Access Pennsylvania’s Power Library is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.