The Lawndale Lending Library is an arts lending library which serves as a platform to build relationships between art lovers and contemporary artists in support of contemporary artists. Now rising into its sophomore year, the Library allows its members the opportunity to borrow the artwork of regional artists for select periods throughout the year, culminating in a  Library Silent Auction where the artwork can be bid for purchase. 2020 Library memberships are now available for $200/$150 Lawndale members.

New! Click here for a sneak peak of the 2020 Collection.

Below you will find the Library’s FAQs. Should you have any questions, we welcome you to reach out to Emily Fens at or 713-528-5858.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Lawndale Lending Library?
A: The Lawndale Lending Library is an art lending library at Lawndale created in collaboration with Nick Barbee, artist and founder of Galveston’s Art Lending Library. Through this art lending library system, Library Members may borrow select works for a set period of time. 

Q: How do I join the Lawndale Lending Library?
A: Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Lawndale Lending Library! Memberships can be purchased using the column to the right.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: For the 2020 period, our Lawndale Lending Library Membership is $150 for Lawndale Members, $200 for non-Lawndale Members. Library Membership is for one Library year and includes additional benefits for the Library Silent Auction.

Borrowing Artwork
Q: What is being lent?
A:  The 2020 Library Collection features artwork by select artists practicing throughout the Houston region. Click here for a sneak peak of the 2020 Collection.

Q: How is the work lent? Brought back?
A: Artwork is lent at seasonal Lending Events and returned at Return Events. Click here to view the 2020 Lending Library dates.

Q: Can I reserve an artwork ahead of time?
A: Reservations for 2020 Library Collection can be made during the 2019 Library Silent Auction on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 5 – 7 PM.

Q: Can I check out multiple works at a time?
A: If you would like to check out multiple works at a time, you may buy multiple memberships.

Purchasing Artwork
Q: Can I purchase a work?
A: Artwork can be bid for purchase at the Silent Auction at the end of each lending year. For instance, 2018/19 Library Collection artworks were available for bid and direct purchase 2019 Silent Auction on Saturday, December 1, 2019, from 5 – 7 PM. Artwork cannot be purchased while in the lending system.

Q: What do the silent auction proceeds go to?
A: Silent auction proceeds are split 50/50 between the artist and Lawndale or 100% to Lawndale, as decided by the artist.

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