Main Library Upcoming Events



Join us every Wednesday for fun, friends, and origami! George and Mary are sure to delight with whimsical and sometimes unusual origami designs. All ages are welcome.


Free yoga class at Main Library

Yoga is for everyone! Our yoga class utilizes thoughtful modifications and props so everyone can reap the benefits of yoga. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. Yoga supplies are provided, but you may bring your own. Every Friday, 12-1 PM in the Darragh Auditorium Parking validation available Note: we won't be meeting on March 6

Teen Poetry Competition

Delight in the poems by the winners of CALS popular annual branch contests.


Early Bird Friends of CALS Book Sale

Be the first to see what’s on the shelves at the Friends of CALS (Friends) book sale. Friends members get access to the Thursday evening portion of the sale, and may enter the sale at 9am each day of the sale, for free.  If you aren’t a Friends member, you may purchase a membership at any CALS branch or at the door.

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 Curbside Service

  • Mon-Sat 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Hours of In-Building Service

  • Mon 9:00AM – 10:00AM**
  • Mon 1:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Tue CLOSED
  • Wed 9:00AM – 10:00AM**
  • Wed 1:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Thu CLOSED
  • Fri 9:00AM – 10:00AM**
  • Fri 1:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Sat CLOSED
  • Sun CLOSED
  • **at-risk and 65+ patrons only

For more information, please review our Phased Reopening Plan.

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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: