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Main Library



About the Library

The Main Library, the flagship of the Central Arkansas Library System, is housed in the renovated Fones Brothers Warehouse in the historic River Market District. The third site for the library, a 132,000-square-feet facility, opened at 100 Rock Street in 1997. The Main Library offers patrons thousands of books and audiovisual items for children and adults. The five floors feature the Sturgis Center for Technology Training, a public computer lab; dedicated areas for children and teens; reading rooms on the first and fifth floors; individual and small group study areas; public meeting rooms; wireless Internet access; and an extensive reference department.

The Main Library campus is comprised of the Main Library; the Cox Creative Center, which houses River Market Books & Gifts, the library’s used book store and Bookends, the library’s literary café; and the Arkansas Studies Institute, a joint project of CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

News & Announcements

  • CALS to Launch Redesigned Website in Early 2018
    In 2018, visitors to the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) website will encounter a fresh look and easier navigation, with integrated e-commerce and online meeting room reservations. The library has set February 2018 as the target to go live w...
  • CALS Adds Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Image Version to Digital Resources
    Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) added another opportunity for patrons to access a quality digital version of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The new image edition service is available for free through the library’s website and at all CALS...