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
2016 Distinguished Lectures Announced
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) announces Kate Andersen Brower, Rabia Chaudry, and Julia Reed as the remaining 2016 distinguished lecturers. All three lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in the Ron Robinson Theat...
Thompson Library To Close for Remodeling and Expansion
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle, will close for remodeling and expansion on Thursday, November 10. A re-opening date will be announced at a later date.
The expansion will allow the Thompson Li...
CALS Sets Food for Fines Dates
Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is continuing its tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines event from Monday, December 5 through Sunday, December 11.
The Food ...