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Art Care & Hanging Guidelines

Artworks can become damaged when they are not securely hung or when exposed to excessive light or humidity.

If you exercise CAUTION, these damages can be prevented. This list of hanging guidelines will help you to protect the artwork from uninten­tional damage. Please note that a repair fee will be charged should the frame, glass or artwork be damaged. Fees will be assessed according to the severity of the damage. Fines for lost, missing or unreturned work are $500.

Please keep in mind the following suggestions when hanging artworks:

DO NOT hang artwork in the bathroom, kitchen, basement or near heating or air conditioning vents/units.

DO NOT use adhesive backed picture hooks.

DO NOT use an existing nail without checking it for secure mounting in the wall.

DO choose a location for the artwork that exposes it to a minimum of light, humidity and dust.

DO use picture hangers of the correct strength. Hanging materials will be provided to you upon checking out the artwork.

DO use two nails where possible. The strength is doubled and the artwork wil-1 stay level.

DO drive nails into a stud if possible. Studs are generally 16" apart so you can measure from a corner or doorway to find them.

DO check whatever device you use prior to hanging the picture. Pull down on it to check for firm attachment to the wall.

DO drive the nail into the wall at an angle to prevent it from pulling out.

If you have any questions regarding the care and hanging of your artwork, do not hesitate to contact the Akron Art Library Program Coordinator: 330.376.9185 ext. 249 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For questions regarding renewing or requesting an artwork, contact the division of Culture and AV Division at the Akron-Summit County Public Main Library: 330.643.9015.