Iowa Writers Library

Iowa Writers LibraryThe Iowa Writers’ Library, maintained by the Coralville Public Library, is a 1,000 square-foot treasure that houses approximately 800 books written by former students, graduates, and faculty of the nationally renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Over 100 authors are represented, including many books that are now out of print.  Featured authors include Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, John Irving, Tracy Kidder, Philip Levine, Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley, and Wallace Stegner. The library also includes a special section highlighting Pulitzer Prize winning works of authors associated with the Workshop.

Located off the main lobby of the Coralville Marriott, the library welcomes visitors with comfortable furnishings, a fireplace, and windows overlooking the Iowa River Landing terrace and pond.  Books are available for checkout by guests of the hotel, and browsing by visitors to the Iowa River Landing.

In 2013 a series of sculptures, inspired by works from the library, was installed at the Iowa River Landing.