Alternative Lending

Alternative Lending

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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 our 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.

What’s coming up...

Pens4Purpose Ticket Offer for the BCLA
March 5 | 7:00 pm

Support the Braddock Carnegie Library Association and enjoy special pricing when the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Blue Jackets during Read Across America Week on Tuesday, March 5. During the game, this year’s U. S. Steel Reading Champions and program volunteers will be recognized, and the Steel Cup will be in attendance for the winning class!

Plus, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will donate $10 for each ticket purchased through this special offer to the Braddock Carnegie Library Association as part of our Pens4Purpose ticket fundraising program!

Get tickets through this link.