Cox Creative Center



In 2001, CALS renovated the Cox Building, originally a warehouse for Thomas Cox and Sons Machinery Company. Part of the Main Library campus, the building serves as the home of River Market Books & Gifts and Bookends Café. The building has two meeting rooms and is the site of special library and FOCAL 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 west patio dining area.

Bookends Café

Opened in September 2009, Bookends Café, the library's literary café, is a great place to enjoy lunch with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. An assortment of coffees, pastries, and cookies is available daily from 9am to 5pm. Lunch offerings, including a variety of freshly-made sandwiches, soups, and salads, are available from 11am to 4pm. And, don't forget to save room for a scoop of ice cream, a hand-made milkshake, or a refreshing smoothie. Bookends Café provides catering for meetings on the Main Library Campus.

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General information:
Phone: (501) 918-3091
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

River Market Books & Gifts

Checking out books at the library is great, but when you want to own a book, River Market Books & Gifts may be just what you're looking for. River Market Books & Gifts, the "gently read" book store of the Central Arkansas Library System, offers a wide selection of new and "gently read" books, collectible books, and literary gift items. Located on the Main Library campus at 120 River Market Blvd., River Market Books & Gifts is the only store of its kind in the River Market area. Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) members receive a 20 percent discount.

General information:
Email: librarybookstore@cals.org
Phone: (501) 918-3093
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

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A Thousand Words Gallery

Some of the Central Arkansas Library System's staff are talented artists and CALS hosts their work in the staff gallery. The gallery grew out of an art show beginning in 1998. The opportunity to show and sell art is open to all CALS staff.