Heroes & Villains Round 3 Voting Live

We're down to the final two heroes and the final two villains in our literary character tournament. This week patrons will vote to determine which hero and which villain will go head-to-head in the championship round. More info »

CALS Closed Friday & Sunday, April 3 & 5

All branches of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, April 3, for a day of staff development and training. Regular hours will be observed Saturday, April 4. All branches will be closed again Sunday, April 5, for Easter Sunday. Regular hours will resume at all branches Monday, April 6. For more information, please call 918-3000.

New eBook Library for Kids

StarWalk Kids Media provides hundreds of eBooks for children. All titles include optional professional narration, allowing children to read for themselves, to read along at their own pace accompanied by narration, or to follow the narration throughout the book for a read-to-me experience. More info »

A Notice from the Director

Many people in Little Rock recently received, or will receive, information on how to claim a rebate for some library taxes and are asking what happens to the money if they chose not to make a claim for the rebate. More info »

Construction on Main Library Parking Deck Has Begun

CALS has begun construction on a new parking deck at the corner of Rock Street and President Clinton Avenue. Rock Street is closed from the corner to the alley on the north side of the Main Library to accommodate construction barriers. More info »

Support CALS on Arkansas Gives Day

Mark Your Calendar! Thursday, April 2 is Arkansas Gives Day. On this day, Arkansans will come together as a state to donate to a cause of their choice. Please choose to support the mission of the CALS Foundation, which raises funds to support CALS. More info »

Tax Assistance Offered at CALS

Volunteers from Volunteers In Tax Assistance (VITA) / Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) will be at Dee Brown Library, as well as other locations in and around Little Rock, through April 15 to help qualified patrons file their tax returns. More info »

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Both vocabulary and literacy skills, stress management, and fun are all benefits of reading to very young children. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, an ongoing program that encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with children before the beginning of kindergarten. More info »

How do I access my online account?

To access your account, you'll need a library card barcode number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not have a Personal Identification Number (PIN), you may establish one the first time you login to your account. If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit your local library or call (501) 918-3040 to have your old PIN removed. You will then be able to re-establish your PIN. Click here to log in to your account.

How do I place a hold on a book?

Once you have identified an item in the online catalog that you would like to hold, simply click the "Request" button located under the the title of the item. If you are not already logged in to your online account, you will be prompted to do so.

How do I renew materials?

Materials may be renewed by phone or online. To renew by phone, call the circulation desk of your local branch. To renew online:

  1. Log in to your online account.
  2. You will see a link marked "Items currently checked out" with the number of items you have checked out. Click the link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
  5. You may renew an item up to 5 times if no one has placed a hold on it. Hot Picks may not be renewed.

How do I find employment opportunities at CALS?

Simply visit our employment opportunities page. PLEASE NOTE: CALS in an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted for advertised positions ONLY.

How do I renew my online registration?

For security purposes, online registration expires every 12 months. Simply call 501.918.3000 or visit your local branch of CALS, confirm your current address and phone number, and your online registration will be renewed.

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About Hoopla

What's all the hoopla? The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) now offers streaming of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks to patrons at no cost through Hoopla Digital. All you need is your CALS library card and your PIN!

How does it work?

If you’re accessing Hoopla Digital on your PC or Mac, simply visit our website and click on the "Digital Movie Catalog" link under Quick Links. Sign in to your account to borrow and stream any of the thousands of video content, music albums, and audiobooks. Hoopla Digital titles may not be downloaded onto desktop or laptop computers.

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If you're using a smartphone or tablet, you must download the Hoopla Digital app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sign in to your account via the app to borrow any of the thousands of titles that are available. You may stream titles through the app or download it for later offline viewing/listening. Once your checkout expires, the downloaded item will disappear from your device.

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Checkout Periods

Borrowed content may be accessed anytime during the checkout period, on any device. Checkout periods are as follows: Movies and Television Episodes — 3 days (72 hours); Music Albums — 7 days; Audiobooks — 21 days.

Helpful YouTube Videos from Hoopla Digital

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General Hoopla Overview

Send an email to elibrary@cals.org if you have questions or need assistance.

freegal

About Freegal, the Digital Music Library at CALS

Freegal, a service from Library Ideas, allows patrons to sign in with their library card number and PIN and download up to five songs per week. The songs are downloadable in MP3 format and work with any music-playing device or software, including iTunes and Amazon. Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android, but patrons are not required to download any additional software to use the service.

Patrons may browse by artist or genre, and advanced search allows searching by song, album, composer, and label. Through Freegal, patrons will be able to choose from millions of songs from 65 different countries and thousands of labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

Begin downloading music now »

About Overdrive, the E-book and Audiobook Library at CALS

Cardholders at the Central Arkansas Library System may download their favorite books, in either ebook or audiobook format. The service is free, though it does require downloading software to your computer or mobile device. So, what are you waiting for? For a list of supported e-book devices, click here »

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.

Begin downloading e-books and audiobooks »

Apply Online for a Library Card

You must be 13 years old or older to apply online for a library card. Parents or guardians may submit an online application for children who are 12 years old or younger.

You must be a resident of Pulaski or Perry County, or be employed in or enrolled in school in one of those two counties, to be eligible for a free library card. If you are not a resident of these counties you may be eligible to apply for a Gateway Card at your local library. Alternatively, you may apply for a nonresident library card for the fee of $60 per year.

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.


Apply Online for a Library Card Now »