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Past, Present, Future


We have been dedicated to serving our community since we were founded in 1896. We've grown a lot since then. Browse a brief timeline of library history.

Annual Report

A lot happens in a year at ICPL. Check out our annual report overview with quick facts as well as full report sheets.

Strategic Plan

We are always looking to provide better service to our community. Learn more about our strategic plan as we follow our mission to connect, engage, and enrich our community.

Our Building


New to the library? We have maps of our building to help you find your way around.

Building Art

Stained Glass Window

Art Collection

We have more than 40 pieces of original art work displayed throughout the building. These include gifts, art purchase prize winners, and commissioned pieces. Many of the artists represented have lived and worked in the Iowa City area. Take the building tour.

Download a guide to our Art Collection

Westgate Collection of Children's Book Art

Three people with birds flying overhead
Illustration from A Woodland Counting Book by Claudia McGeehee

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.

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.

Explore the digital collection