Main Library Upcoming Events


Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator CC

Illustrator is the industry-standard software for creating logos, icons, drawings, typography, and illustrations. This class will teach you the basics.

Getting Started with Adobe InDesign CC

Learn the fundamentals of Adobe InDesign, publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, presentations, and eBooks.

Ice Experiments

Chill Science!

For school age kids under 12.

This event takes place in Youth Services on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.


Switch it Up

Grab your friends & come play a collection of games on the Nintendo Switch.

This event takes place in the Level 4 Teen Center of the Main Library. Level 4 events are for teens ages 12-19 only.

Library Square Parking Rates

Two off-street parking areas are available to CALS patrons. If you are visiting the Main Library ask staff to validate your parking ticket to receive an extended free parking period.

An open-air parking lot is situated on the east side of Rock St., directly opposite the Main Library. And, a multi-story parking garage is located immediately north of the Main Library on the corner of Rock St. and President Clinton Ave. In both cases, the parking rates are as follows:

0 – 30 minutes: FREE
31 – 1 hour: $2.00
1 hour 1 minute – 2 hours: $4.00
2 hours 1 minute – 3 hours: $6.00
3 hours 1 minute – 4 hours: $8.00
4 hours 1 minute – 5 hours: $10.00
5 hours 1 minute – 6 hours: $12.00
6 hours 1 minute – 7 hours: $14.00
8+ hours : $16.00

Overnight: $16.00





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Library Manager

Joe Hudak

Hours of Operation

  • Mon 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Tue 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Wed 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Thu 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sun CLOSED

Rock Region Metro logo

Public Transit

Route 4 Levy/Amboy Live Map
Inbound Stop #13157 Scott St. & Markham St.
Outbound Stop #12196 Scott St. & Markham St.
Saturday Service
Sunday Service
Route 10 McCain Mall Live Map
Inbound Stop #13157 Scott St. & Markham St.
Outbound Stop #12196 Scott St. & Markham St.
Saturday Service
Sunday Service
Route 18 McAlmont Live Map
Inbound Stop #13157 Scott St. & Markham St.
Outbound Stop #12196 Scott St. & Markham St.
Saturday Service
Sunday Service

** Please note: Located at 310 E Capitol Ave. in downtown Little Rock, the River City Transit Center is the central hub for the Rock Region Metro bus system. The following routes have inbound and outbound stops at the River City Transit Center: Route 1 – Pulaski Heights; Route 2 – South Main; Route 6 – Granite Mountain; Route 8 – Rodney Parham; Route 12 – Clinton Center/Airport; Route 16 – U.A.L.R.; Route 17 – Mablevale/Downtown; Route 19 – Henley Express; Route 20 – Hanger Hill/College Station; Route 21 – Riverdale; Route 23 – Baseline/Southwest.

About the Library

The Main Library, the flagship of the Central Arkansas Library System, is housed in the renovated Fones Brothers Warehouse in the historic River Market District. The third site for the library, a 132,000-square-feet facility, opened at 100 Rock Street in 1997. The Main Library offers patrons thousands of books and audiovisual items for children and adults. The five floors feature the Sturgis Center for Technology Training, a public computer lab; dedicated areas for children and teens; reading rooms on the first and fifth floors; individual and small group study areas; public meeting rooms; wireless Internet access; and an extensive reference department.

Library Square is comprised of the Main Library; the Bookstore at Library Square (the library’s used book store with meeting rooms and art exhibitions); the Ron Robinson Theater (a movie theater and performance hall with 315 seats), and the Bobby L. Roberts Library, which houses the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Galleries at Library Square (four galleries of rotating exhibitions plus a retail gallery featuring Arkansas artists and craftspeople).

Main Library also features the Nexus Nook, open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The full cafe space on the first floor is available for meetings and gatherings, and Nexus offers coffee and pastries for catering in any of the Library Square meeting rooms. Reserve the space: nexuscoffeear@gmail.comCatering: