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.
Prose Garden Café
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Prose Garden is a soothing spot for a quick lunch, snack, or beverage on the 5th floor of the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library. Choose a delicious beverage including hot or cold tea, coffee, or juices to go with your sandwich or snack, and then sit near the fountain to read or study. Prose Garden can provide some catering for meetings in the Main Library’s 5th floor meeting rooms. Download the Prose Garden menu here »
News & Announcements
Dr. Bobby Roberts Initiates Two New Funds at CALS
Dr. Bobby Roberts has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to CALS by making a very generous donation to the library. With his contribution, the Central Arkansas Library System has established two separate funds that will advance goals dea...
CALS' Children's Library Wins National Architecture Award
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center is one of ten building projects nationwide to win an award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.
The 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structur...
Dee Brown Library to Temporarily Close for Expansion and Renovation
The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road, will close for remodeling and expansion from Wednesday, June 22, through late September. An exact reopening date will be released at a later time.
The 2200 square f...
Browse the Latest Digital Magazines with a CALS Card Beginning August 1
Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) patrons can access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services beginning Monday, August 1. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital ...
CALS Launches Primary Sources Podcast with Baker Kurrus Interview
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will launch a new podcast, Primary Sources, on Friday, August 12. The inaugural podcast will feature an interview with Baker Kurrus, former Little Rock School District (LRSD) superintendent. The podcast will...
Lit Fest Announces Arabian Nights Writing Contest for Banned Books Week
The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Arkansas Literary Festival will hold a Banned Books Week writing contest based on the classic, A Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights beginning Thursday, September 1. All entries...