The Braddock Carnegie Library is opening its newest collection to be lent out to the public this Sunday, but it’s not sci-fi, fantasy or true crime: it’s artwork. Opening alongside the 2013 Carnegie International, the Art Lending Collection allows people to “check out” works of art from local and national artists, from prints to sculptures to original paintings. This week, WESA caught up with Sprout’s own program officer, Ryan Coon, to discuss the project.

“It works just like any other library collection,” said Ryan Coon, with the Sprout Fund. “People with an Allegheny County library card will be able to check out works of art by both past and contemporary artists and take them home for a period of time. It’s just like any other lending library except instead of books, it’s original works of art.”

One of the goals is to ensure that people who might not otherwise have access to art can access it easily. A library card holder can check out individual or multiple pieces of art which can be used as temporary home décor and more.

“Educators can also check them out and use them in educational settings, both in schools and out of schools,” Coon said. “Community spaces would be able to adorn a space for a community event or a program that would then be illuminated by some of these artworks.”

Artwork in the collection is from local, national and international artists, many of whom are participating in the Carnegie International. People attending the International at the Carnegie Museum of Art will be offered a shuttle service to Braddock to access the art lending library pieces.

Read the rest of the piece on WESA and attend the free grand opening of the collection on Sunday, October 6th. The opening celebration, “All You Can Art”, will be taking place at the library from 11am until 3pm, where you can enjoy brunch from favorite spots around the city and meet some of the artists whose work is featured in the collection. RSVP on Facebook so we’ll know you’re coming!