Reykjavík City Library has a strong commitment to literature.

The library's literature collection is varied, multilingual and in constant renewal. But beyond housing books, two of the library's main goals are to promote reading and to raise interest in literature by other means. To this end, the library hosts readings and literary events of various kinds; reading groups; literary walks in English and Icelandic; thematic displays; and a website dedicated to Icelandic literature,

The library is also the primary sponsor and collaborator of The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature, a program dedicated to the promotion of Icelandic literature within the city and without.