The Upper and Lower Reading Rooms

Besides the Cones, Woods, and Metcalfs, placed throughout the building on the first and second levels are works by such well-known figures as Rothko, Picasso, Matisse, Toulouse- Lautrec, and Thomas Hart Benton, as well as art works by students of Marvin Cone.

Among the Iowa artists in the collection are Byron Burford, Robert Kocher, Mauricio Lasansky, James Lechay, and Joseph Patrick. Delicate or fragile prints and drawings are housed in the library's Archive Room.