Rides to Reads Program

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CALS is changing the Rides to Reads application process for 2022. The Rides to Reads program is for active CALS library program participants. It is our goal to work with Rock Region METRO, the City of Little Rock, and other agencies to make sure as many people as possible have access to transportation, without duplicating services. Please read the eligibility criteria listed below, to ensure you are not eligible for passes through another program available in the city.


Eligibility

To be eligible for the Rides to Reads program participants must not be eligible for another program available in the city and be active library program participants.

Library programs include but are not limited to; Be Mighty meal distributions, digital literacy workshops, the Job Seekers or Community Resource program, and the Literacy Action Center. See more CALS programs on the CALS website or on a printed program guide available every month.

For more information call 501-918-3000.

How to Apply

Beginning January 31, 2022, you can visit one of our five participating library branches (listed below) and ask for a paper application. Once your application has been approved, we will give you a bus pass and make a Rides to Reads photo ID. All members of your household registering for the program must be present for us to process the application and provide photo IDs. Children age 5 and up will also need a photo ID made in order to participate.

Participating Branches
Passes are available during library operating hours, except where noted.

  • Children’s Library & Learning Center, 1400 W. 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204
  • Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209
  • Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
  • Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR 72206

Monday to Wednesday, 9-11am

  • Main Library, 100 S. Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have my Rides to Reads photo ID but I need my next month’s paper pass?
Visit a participating branch for your next month’s pass.

What happens if I lose my Rides to Reads photo ID?
Visit a participating branch for a replacement ID. We may have to charge you a replacement fee, so please keep track of your ID.

What happens if the fare reader damages my Rock Region METRO pass?
We have new plastic passes that are easier to use and should not be damaged in the fare reader. If this does happen, visit a participating branch for a replacement pass. ONLY one replacement paper pass will be issued.