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
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...
A North Little Rock Veteran's Story of Humanities Programs and CALS
With early presidential drafts of the federal budget including severe cuts to arts and humanities programs, the Central Arkansas Library System wants to highlight a poignant reminder of how those programs help people in ways we never anticipated.
Fletcher Library to Temporarily Close for Expansion and Renovation
The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) John Gould Fletcher Library, 823 North Buchanan Street, Little Rock, will close for remodeling and expansion from Wednesday, April 12, through early August. An exact reopening date will be released...
CALS Issues Request for Proposals for Website Design, Development, and Hosting
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is soliciting proposals to design and implement a new website and customer experience for CALS members and staff to replace the current site at cals.org and related CALS brands using an industry-standard co...