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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.

Prose Garden Café

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 918-3023

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...
  • Share Where You Read This Summer with #mySRC
    Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates reading while maintaining and improving reading skills when school is not in session. Each branch of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host programs for kids, teens, and adults...
  • 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...