Due to continued possible hazardous road conditions, all branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be open reduced hours Wednesday, January 17, from 12pm - 6pm.

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 Construction Projects in Maumelle and Sherwood Advance
    The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Dr., Maumelle, and Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Dr., Sherwood, will close temporarily to continue renovation and construction projects in November and December, res...
  • Sherwood Library Closing to Prepare for Move to New Building
    The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood, will close beginning January 22 to prepare for the move to the new library building located at 10200 Johnson Drive. The exact opening date of the new b...
  • Arkansas Studies Institute Building Renamed to Honor Former Library Director
    The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has renamed the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art in honor of the former CALS executive director who served in the position for more than twenty years ...
  • CALS Max Milam Library to Plant WWI Memorial Tree
    POSTPONED: Due to heavy flooding in Perry County, the WWI Memorial Tree planting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been scheduled. Return to www.cals.org for updates. The Central Arkansas Librar...
  • CALS Maumelle Library to Reopen After Remodel and Expansion
    The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Dr., Maumelle, will reopen on Monday, March 12, after an extensive remodeling and expansion. A grand reopening ribbon cutting event with city officials is scheduled for Fr...
  • Grand Opening of New Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood
    The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Amy Sanders Library, 10200 Johnson Drive, will mark its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. The grand opening will include CALS and Sherwood city leadership, includ...