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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Catering: email@example.com.
Library ManagerCarol Coffey
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 1:00PM - 5:00PM
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