Practical Resources

Post Offices

Bloomfield Branch

5182 Liberty Avenue
Open M-F, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
You can buy stamps at the Children’s Hospital gift shop and mail items in the blue box across the street from hospital.

Banks (with ATMs in the hospital)

Citzens Bank

Located on the third floor, outside of the cafeteria. Has branch offices in Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Shadyside (in Giant Eagle, open Sundays), and Squirrel Hill (also open on Sundays).

PNC Bank

Located on the first floor, main lobby. PNC has branches in all the same neighborhoods as Citizens.


Carnegie Library

This is the free library system of Pittsburgh. The Oakland branch on Forbes Ave. (attached to the museums) is the largest branch. Has a café inside!

Falk Library

(Medical School Library)
Located in Scaife Hall – behind the old Children’s Hospital.


The City of Pittsburgh and most surrounding communities have a recycling program where recyclables are picked up every other week on trash day. You can tie up your newspapers, or place them in a paper bag, and leave them curbside. Then there are the “other” items. These items are happily referred to as “Comingles” – which must be placed together in a blue plastic bag and set at the curb for recycling collection (rinse all items). Commingles include: clear and colored container glass (discard all lids), all metal cans (including empty aerosol and paint cans), metal lids, aluminum foil, and formed aluminum containers, such as pie plates (must be rinsed!), plastic bottles, jugs and jars. The all-important blue plastic bags are usually given to you at the grocery stores or Walmart.

Construction Junction

214 N Lexington St.
Pittsburgh PA 15208 
Phone: 412-243-5025
This business is committed to the reuse and recycling of building materials, including furniture available for sale. On site is a great recycling dropoff for all recyclable products!

Department of Motor Vehicles

Vehicle Registration 

Penndot Customer Call Center 


5900 Baum Boulevard (East Liberty)

PPennsylvania law states that anyone changing residency must get a Pennsylvania driver’s license. If you still consider your family’s out-of-state address as your permanent residence, you don’t need to worry about this. If you do need to get a PA license, take your old license, your social security card, birth certificate or passport, two proofs of residency (bills, lease, etc.), and your checkbook (they don’t take cash or credit) and prepare to wait in line. The ID requirements are even more stringent if you are a foreign national. The current fee for out-of-state transfer is $26. For other locations, look on to search by zip code.