Explore the Circulating Art Collection Here: https://bexleylibrary.org/ArtLibrary
WHAT IS THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY?
The Bexley Art Library is a circulating library of 15 original artworks by regional artists. It is the next step in Bexley Public Library's endeavor to support access for all, innovation in our services, and lifelong learning. As the library's community changes and adapts, it needs a public library that meets its needs. Our library is committed to expanding and reinterpreting the definition of, and services and programs offered at a public library. We have started non-traditional circulating collections including Wifi Hotspots, musical instruments, telescopes, and birding kits. Bexley is the second public library in Ohio to develop a collection of art produced by regional artists and provide access to the fine arts while connecting the public to their local arts community.
The BPL Art Library provides access to the fine arts and the unique experience of “living with art” to anyone who has a Bexley Public Library card. Rather than experiencing art in an elite, often exclusive setting like a gallery or museum, anyone with a library card can check out an original work of art, just like a book, and experience it in their home. Living with original works of art allows for borrowers to experience a deeper connection and emotional engagement with the art. Studies have shown that even the simple act of viewing art can have profound health and wellness benefits.
HOW IS THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY FUNDED?
The project is wholly funded with generous grants from the Ohio Arts Council
, Bexley Community Foundation
, and the State Library of Ohio
HOW DOES T WORK?
15 original works of art from Franklin County artists are available for check-out with your Bexley Library Card, like a book, movie, or other BPL item. You are able to have the work of art in your home for a loan period of 28 days.