Temporary Lending Library

Since temporarily closing due to Covid-19 in March, we’ve missed seeing visitors spending time in the library. And we’ve heard from many that they also miss having access to the collection. While maintaining a continued effort to slow the spread of the virus and keep our staff and audience safe, we are temporarily transitioning into a lending library.

On July 15, 2020, Midway Contemporary Art will begin lending out our library collection to community members for at home use. Library users may borrow up to three books for a two week loan period. Search our online database for books, email us with the titles you’re interested in, and schedule a time to pick-up your selections at Midway.

There is no fee, membership, or library card necessary. Simply download and fill out our borrower agreement form with your contact information and signature.

Library Lending Hours

Wednesday – Friday
11am – 5pm
Curbside only

If you are unable to pick-up or return during these times, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate an alternate time.

Lending Details

  • Three book limit per loan (including current periodicals / magazines and back issues)

  • Rare and fragile books will not be available for loan

  • Two week loan period

  • A completed borrower agreement form is required

  • Curbside pick-up and return at Midway Contemporary Art

  • Face masks / face coverings required at pick-up and return

  • No visitors allowed in the library at this time

  • Borrowed books and materials must be treated with the same care and respect at home as in Midway’s library — please keep them away from food, drink, and art materials

  • All library materials must be returned on or before the end of the two week loan period

Borrower Agreement Form

Click here to download a PDF of the borrower agreement form

A physical copy can be provided to fill out and sign at the time of pick up if you are unable to complete it electronically or print it ahead of time.

Getting Started

  1. Browse our online library database to select which books you would like to borrow

    Search the Library

  2. Email [email protected] with the following information:
    — Titles of your three book selections
    — Your preferred pick-up day and time falling within Midway’s lending hours (Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm)
    A completed borrower agreement form

  3. Arrive at your confirmed pick-up time:
    — Please wait in your vehicle in the parking lot or on the patio outside the library doors if traveling by bus, bike, or on foot
    — We will bring the books out to you

  4. All borrowed materials are due back either on or before the date two weeks from your pick-up day:
    — We will email you the week of your return date to set up a time for your return
    — Please only return books during your scheduled return time to ensure that someone will be available to receive the books

  5. Remember, face masks / face coverings are required for book pick-up and return

  6. Once you have returned borrowed books you may repeat the process!

About Midway's Library

The Midway Contemporary Art Library serves to document, present, and preserve the recent history of contemporary visual art in a public context. Founded in 2007, its objectives are to research, collate, and catalog published material in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and accessible resource for research into contemporary art in the region.

A non-circulating collection, the library contains thousands of titles from a wide range of publishers from around the world. While group exhibition catalogs and monographs form the core of the library’s collection, the library also contains reference material, a selection of artist books, DVDs, and an extensive selection of periodicals and journals. We are currently subscribed to a number of monthly and quarterly publications.

Contact

[email protected]
(612) 605–4504