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Unique Collections: Art

Art-To-Go Collection

The Library's Art-To-Go collection includes a variety of framed posters and features juried, original artwork available for loan to Library cardholders. Pieces in this collection can be borrowed for up to 8 weeks.

Permanent Art Collection

The permanent art collection of the Iowa City Public Library contains over 40 pieces of original art work, in a wide range of media, displayed throughout the building. Many of these works were given to the Library by community groups, local artists, and Library patrons. A few pieces were originally acquired as part of the Library's Art Purchase Prize competition. Several pieces were either commissioned by The Library Board or created to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Library in June 2004. A large number of the artists represented are Iowans who have lived and worked in the Iowa City area and have received significant recognition for their work.

Visit the Guide to the Iowa City Public Library Permanent Art Collection for a self-guided tour of the collection that includes interactive maps and descriptions of the pieces.

The Westgate Collection of Children's Book Art

The Westgate collection of original children's book art was donated by nationally known authors and illustrators of children's books, most collected by long-time children's librarian Hazel Westgate, is hung throughout the Children's Room.

The Westgate Collection of Children's Book Art

Most of the works are original working drawings which bear printer's indications for use in the production of the book or are illustrations done by the artist especially for the Library.

Loan Periods and Fines

ItemLimitLoan PeriodOverdue Fines
Art-To-Go28 weeks25¢/day

Art Purchase Prize

The Library's Art Purchase Prize competition is held annually with works from artists who live, work, or exhibit in the Iowa City/Johnson County area. Pieces selected by the Library's Art Advisory Committee are added to the Library's Art-To-Go collection.

For more infromation about the Art Purchase Prize, please contact Candice Smith at 319.887.6031 or candice-smith@icpl.org

The Vow by Carol Carlson
Summer Prairie by Claudia McGee

Lenoch & Cilek Mural

In 1992-93 students from the Iowa City Community School Senior High Alternative Center, under the supervision of Dr. Hani Elkadi, painted a mural inside the former Lenoch & Cilek building on the pedestrian mall at the corner of College and Dubuque Streets. When the Lenoch & Cilek building was purchased by the City in 2001 the mural was cut into 15 individual sections which were framed and displayed at organizations throughout the community.

Lenoch and Cilek Building Mural

Two pieces from the Lenoch & Cilek Building Mural are part of the Library's Permanent Art Collection: "Fountain" and "People of Iowa City." They can be seen on display in the Young Adult area on the first floor with a photo of the entire mural.