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 regional artists. Now rising into its sophomore 2019/20 year, the Library allows its members the opportunity to borrow the artwork of select local artists for three 3-month periods from fall to summer, culminating in a fall Library Silent Auction where the artwork can be bid for purchase. 2019/20 Library memberships are now available for $200/$150 Lawndale members.

Click here to view works available in the inaugural 2018/19 Collection. The 2019/20 Collection will be announced summer 2019.

Below you will find the Library’s FAQs. Feel free to reach out to Emily Fens at [email protected] or 713-528-5858 should you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

About
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. 

Membership
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 our 2019/20 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 a ticket to the fall Library Silent Auction event.

Borrowing Artwork
Q: What is being lent?
A:  The 2019/20 Library collection will feature artwork by select artists practicing throughout the Houston region.

Q: How is the work lent? Brought back?
A: Artwork is lent at seasonal Lending Events and returned at Return Events.

For the 2019/20 year, artwork can be reserved at the 2018/19 Library Silent Auction on Saturday, September 28 from 5 – 7 PM. Below is the 2019/20 Library Calendar.

Winter
Lending: Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM
Return: Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM

Spring
Lending: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM
Return: Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM

Summer
Lending: Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM
Return: Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 1 – 3 PM

Fall Silent Auction: Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 5 – 7 PM

Q: Can I reserve an artwork ahead of time?
A: Reservations for 2019/20 Library Collection can be made during the 2018/19 Library Silent Auction on Saturday, September 28 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 end of each lending year. For instance, 2018/19 Library Collection artworks can be bid for purchase at the 2018/19 Silent Auction on Saturday, September 28 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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