Alternative Lending

Alternative Lending

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The Braddock Avenue/Kenmawr Avenue ramp onto the Rankin Bridge is closed through the end of the year. Please check your route for detours.

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The Braddock Avenue/Kenmawr Avenue ramp onto the Rankin Bridge is closed through the end of the year. Please check your route for detours.

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Something Different

Extending beyond traditional books and media, our Alternative Lending collection offers a diverse range of unique and non-traditional items that you can borrow to explore new hobbies, unleash your creativity, and expand your horizons. Step outside the ordinary, borrow the extraordinary, and embark on a journey of exploration and self-discovery.

Our Alternative Lending Collection began as our Art Collection, which you can read about below. It has now expanded to include tables, chairs, and tents for events; puppets; canning and button making kits; tools; and more! Right now, while our building is under construction, some of the items are not available for circulation. You can see what is available on this list in the library catalog.

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Art Lending Collection

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Established in October 2013 as an artist project by Transformazium for the Carnegie International, the Art Lending Collection offers a unique opportunity for library patrons throughout Allegheny County to experience contemporary art firsthand. Our locally hired and trained Arts and Culture Facilitators curate public programs that showcase the diverse histories, perspectives, and learning opportunities within the realm of contemporary art. By emphasizing the role of the community as both producers and interpreters of culture, we foster a dynamic and engaging environment where art remains relevant and accessible to all.

Experience Kits

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Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of the Pittsburgh region by exploring local historical sites and museums with our exclusive partnership programs. Thanks to a collaboration with the Heinz Center Affiliates Program and other Allegheny County libraries, we are thrilled to offer FREE ADMISSION for up to six children and two adults to several esteemed museums and historical sites. Learn more here.

What’s coming up...

Pirates vs Rays benefiting the BCLA
June 23 | 1:35pm

Enjoy an afternoon at PNC park and support the Braddock Carnegie Library Association at the same time! Using our special ticket link, your $35 ticket purchase comes loaded with a $10 food credit plus $5 from each ticket is donated to the BCLA!

Bring the whole family! The Pirates will face off against the Rays and kids 14 and under can take home a replica David Bednar City Connect Jersey. It's also a Family Fun Day at the park, so get to Federal Street early to enjoy the Family Fun Zone, presented by C&M Play Studio, with fun and activities for the whole family. And don't forget to stick around after the game for Kids Run the Bases, presented by Coen Markets!

Purchase tickets here.