Many of the artworks in the branches are part of the Library System's special collection of over 2200 works of art. The collection consists mostly of works on paper including limited edition prints and drawings, photographs, small sculptures, and artists’ books, publications and multiples.
The Permanent Art Collection is a reference resource that reflects Miami’s cultural composition and chronicles its artistic and social history. Many works relate to language, libraries and literary themes. The over 860 artists represented in the collection include Purvis Young, Edward Ruscha, Gleason Waite Romer, Kabuya Pamela Bowens, Carl Van Vechten, Lynn Golub Gelfman, Emilio Sanchez, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Agustín Fernandez, Gary L. Moore, Christian Marclay, and Fernando Garcia.