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Art Lending Library (A.L.L.)



The Art Lending Library is a system of lending and borrowing artwork to the public for free. It is a trust-based program where artists provide artwork to be checked out by any member of the public, and patrons allow artwork and artists into their homes; all in the spirit of sharing.


The idea is simple:

1) CHECK-OUT: Every 3 months a library will be created in the cultural arts center. The public will be invited to register for membership in the form of a library card. The librarians will create library cards and records of each participant including a photograph and appropriate paperwork to track members. Once membership is granted patrons will be invited to select one piece of work to be checked out in their name for a 3-month period.

5) INSTALLATION: Librarians will install the artwork at each patron’s home. At the time of checkout a date will be established when librarians will visit the patron’s home and secure the artwork in a suitable location.  All we require is that the work be touched solely by the Librarians.  If a patron wants a piece moved we will return to the home and re-install it.

6) RETURN: Librarians accompanied by a documentarian will visit the patron’s home to remove the work and return it to the library for future circulation. Additionally, the documentarian will photograph the artwork, and patron, if desired, as a running portrayal of the artwork as it travels from home to home


14 Comments leave one →
  1. erin dolan permalink
    December 4, 2009 6:00 pm

    would like to sign up for a.l.l. and find out when the next event is.

  2. December 10, 2009 3:00 pm

    Great concept. I’d love to learn more about participating — both as an artist and as a borrower. When is your next event?

  3. December 10, 2009 3:10 pm

    Hi Joyce,

    thanks for your interest! I’ve forwarded your comment to the ALL librarians. You can also email them at:

  4. Dana Hulslander permalink
    December 15, 2009 1:10 am

    I am interested in signing up for A.L.L. and attending your next event.

  5. Maggie Buckwitz permalink
    January 6, 2010 7:16 pm

    What a fabulous concept. This is a very creative way to get people involved with art.

  6. January 10, 2010 10:04 am

    May we get a library card the evening of the 14th? Thanks, Anita

    • January 10, 2010 2:09 pm

      Hi Anita, I believe so! but I’m forwarding your comment to the librarians. Thanks!

    • Librarian Seth permalink
      January 11, 2010 9:04 am

      Between 6pm and 9pm on the 14th you will be able to sign up for a library card and check out a piece of artwork. By “checking out” we mean that you can pick a work of art that we (the librarians) will deliver to your house at a later time.

  7. March 11, 2010 1:27 pm

    I would like to volunteer and get the word out about the art lending library!! How great that IS!! I can make fry bread as afund raiser someday?


    MT Andrews

  8. Elizabeth Peila permalink
    May 18, 2011 2:42 pm

    Hi Susanna,
    There is a wonderful office space at the SPS school I work. It is secure and has 100’s of parents, staff and children the come see me on a daily basis. I would LOVE to have a rotating Art diplay with information throughout the year. Would this be possible?



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