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
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...
Early Voting at CALS
To be eligible to vote in Arkansas, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vot...