Rides to Reads Program
CALS is changing the Rides to Reads application process in order to reach the intended audience for the program. The Rides to Reads program is intended to be used by children, their caregivers, and individuals who work or volunteer with children, to access library services and materials. It has come to our attention that many Rides to Reads passes have been given to people who are eligible for passes through other programs available in the city. It is our goal to work with Rock Region METRO, the City of Little Rock, Little Rock School District, and other agencies to make sure as many people as possible have access to transportation, without duplicating services.
To be eligible for the Rides to Reads program participants must live in the CALS service area, be active library users, and have children in their household.
If you do not qualify under the statements listed above, you may also qualify if you work or volunteer with an organization/agency that serves children or participate in library programs through the Community Resource Department or in the job assistance program at the Main Library.
How to Apply
To apply, submit an online application here or ask your local librarian for a paper form. Return this form to the library. Once your application has been approved, we will schedule a time for you to visit a library branch to pick up your pass and have your Rides to Reads photo ID made. All members of your household registering for the program must be present for this appointment for us to process the application and provide photo IDs.
People that have received Rides to Reads passes prior to these eligibly requirements will need to reapply before being issued a new monthly pass.
More Transportation Resources in Central Arkansas
Rock Region METRO offers transportation equity programs including the Transportation Alliance Project (TAP) and several education agreements. For more information about TAP, call (501) 664-5036. For more information about education agreements, contact your school, college, or workplace.
Transportation Alliance Project
Rock Region METRO and the Arkansas Homeless Coalition administer TAP, which provides fare-free bus passes to people transitioning from temporary and supported housing to permanent housing and vocational development.
Public Education Agreements
Little Rock School District: All students, faculty, and staff
University of Arkansas – Little Rock: All students, faculty, and staff
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College: All students, faculty, and staff
Charter/ Private Education Agreements
eStem: All students and staff at all locations
Lisa Academy: Students at the West Middle Hybrid School (Corporate Hill West Campus) and West High School (Markham & Hughes Campus)
Shorter College: All students