About the Library
Sidney S. McMath Library offers patrons thousands of books and audio/visual items. The 10,700 square-feet facility features a children's area, public meeting rooms and wireless Internet access. The library's 10-acre site features a boardwalk from John Barrow Road, a walking path, an amphitheater, and a koi pond with an observation pier.
People of the Library
Sid McMath was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1948. He entered office January 11, 1949 as the nation's youngest governor. He was reelected in 1950. His administration built the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which was financed with a two-cent tax on cigarettes.
News & Announcements
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...
Expansion and Renovation Begins on CALS Fletcher Library
Remodeling and addition of the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan has begun. The branch will remain open until a to-be-determined closure during the second quarter of 2017 to complete interior renovation...
City and Library Leadership Break Ground on New Facility
Construction Begins on CALS's Sherwood Branch
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the City of Sherwood will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood on Wednesday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. Immediately f...