Library History


Thread Library receives its founding collection: eight threads donated by the artist India Johnson.


Thread Library develops its collection with the help of donors. Each thread is cataloged as if it is a book. The collection, with its accompanying card catalog, is installed at Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, IA.


A traveling exhibit of Thread Library collection items is installed at a series of public libraries throughout Iowa. Thread Library continues to solicit donations and acquire new threads.

Thread Library instruction program begins:


Thread Library launches a digitization initiative, which releases high-quality photographs and digital catalog records of its collection items.

In collaboration with LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, Thread Library begins to circulate materials in the Iowa City area. Patrons begin to borrow books, textile samples, and textile tools.