Sue Cowan Williams Library was constructed in 1997 in downtown Little Rock. In addition to a wide selection of books and audio/visual items, the 8,500-square-feet facility offers public computers, wireless Internet access, and a public meeting room. Williams offers a wide range of programs for children and teens.

Upcoming events


A Better Me Book Club

Each month participants read a selected Inspirational or Self-Help title and discuss it together.

These are the titles that will be picked up each month to read and discuss at the following month’s meet up:

March | The Year of Magical Thinking

April | Tiny Beautiful Things

May | The Happiness Project

June | The 48 Laws of Power

July | Eat Pray Love


Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.





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Library Manager

Latina Sheard

Hours of Operation

  • Mon 10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tue 10:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Wed 10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thu 10:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Fri 10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sat 10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sun CLOSED

Sue Cowan Williams

Sue Cowan WilliamsSue Cowan Williams represented African-American teachers in the Little Rock School District as the plaintiff in the case challenging the rate of salaries allotted to teachers in the district based solely on skin color. The tenth library in the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is named after her.

Born in Eudora (Chicot County) to J. Alex Cowan and Leila Roberts Cowan on May 29, 1910, Sue Cowan began life in a small town in Arkansas. Her mother died soon after her birth. Raised until age four by her maternal grandmother in Texas, Cowan returned to Arkansas to live with her father. From fifth grade until high school, she attended Spelman, a religious boarding school in Atlanta, Georgia. She undertook undergraduate studies at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, and extended her education to receive a degree from the University of Chicago.

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