The Bookstore at Library Square
Checking out books at the library is great, but when you want to own a book, the Bookstore at Library Square may be just what you’re looking for. The “gently read” book store of the Central Arkansas Library System, the Bookstore at Library Square offers a wide selection of new and “gently read” books, collectible books, and literary gift items. Located 120 River Market Avenue in Library Square, this bookstore is the only store of its kind in the River Market area. Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries members receive a 20 percent discount.
About the Cox Building
In 2001, CALS renovated the Cox Building, originally a warehouse for Thomas Cox and Sons Machinery Company. Part of Library Square, the building serves as the home of the Bookstore at Library Square. The building has two meeting rooms and is the site of special library and Friends of CALS events.
Constructed in 1906, the building featured one of the earliest drum-type traction hoisting machines manufactured. The hoisting machine (elevator) was operational until its removal in 2001. Sculptural remnants are displayed near the entrance facing the parking lot.
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.
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