McMath Library Closed Saturday, March 8th
In preparation for a renovation project beginning later this month and continuing through early June 2014, McMath Library will be closed Saturday, March 8th. For more information about the renovation project, which begins Monday, March 17, click here »
Job Skills Workshops
Need a job? The Main Library Reference department will host Job Skills workshops on the Main Library Campus each Saturday in March beginning at 1 p.m. More »
DIY @ Your Library
Celebrate Teen Tech Week with CALS, March 9-15, 2014. More »
New Options for CALS Library Card Users
Patrons of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will have more choices in managing their library accounts with two new types of cards beginning Saturday, February 1. Family and child provisional cards will offer more options for families using library services while CALS continues to work within the scope of Arkansas library confidentiality laws with individual cardholders. More »
New Self-Check Station Software Installed
We are in the process of installing new software on the self-check computer stations at all library locations. Please bear with us as we work to get the software installed and set up to provide the best possible experience for you when you check out your library materials. Thank you for your patience.
Affordable Care Act Assisters Available at CALS
Due to the Affordable Care Act, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has received a grant to provide In-Person Assisters (IPAs) to the public. IPAs are individuals trained to help you understand your health coverage options and enroll in a plan under the new Arkansas Health Connector insurance exchange. More info »
How do I access my online account?
To access your account, you'll need a library card barcode number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not have a Personal Identification Number (PIN), you may establish one the first time you login to your account. If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit your local library or call (501) 918-3040 to have your old PIN removed. You will then be able to re-establish your PIN. Click here to log in to your account.
How do I place a hold on a book?
Once you have identified an item in the online catalog that you would like to hold, simply click the "Request" button located under the the title of the item. If you are not already logged in to your online account, you will be prompted to do so.
How do I renew materials?
Materials may be renewed by phone or online. To renew by phone, call the circulation desk of your local branch. To renew online:
- Log in to your online account.
- You will see a link marked "Items currently checked out" with the number of items you have checked out. Click the link to view the materials you have checked out.
- Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
- If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
- You may renew an item up to 5 times if no one has placed a hold on it. Hot Picks may not be renewed.
How do I find employment opportunities at CALS?
Simply visit our employment opportunities page. PLEASE NOTE: CALS in an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted for advertised positions ONLY.
How do I renew my online registration?
For security purposes, online registration expires every 12 months. Simply call 501.918.3000 or visit your local branch of CALS, confirm your current address and phone number, and your online registration will be renewed.
What's all the hoopla? The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) now offers streaming of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks to patrons at no cost through Hoopla Digital. All you need is your CALS library card and your PIN!
How does it work?
If you’re accessing Hoopla Digital on your PC or Mac, simply visit our website and click on the "Digital Movie Catalog" link under Quick Links. Sign in to your account to borrow and stream any of the thousands of video content, music albums, and audiobooks. Hoopla Digital titles may not be downloaded onto desktop or laptop computers.
Create a Hoopla digital account | Sign in to your Hoopla account
If you're using a smartphone or tablet, you must download the Hoopla Digital app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sign in to your account via the app to borrow any of the thousands of titles that are available. You may stream titles through the app or download it for later offline viewing/listening. Once your checkout expires, the downloaded item will disappear from your device.
Borrowed content may be accessed anytime during the checkout period, on any device. Checkout periods are as follows: Movies and Television Episodes — 3 days (72 hours); Music Albums — 7 days; Audiobooks — 21 days.
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Send an email to email@example.com if you have questions or need assistance.
About Freegal, the Digital Music Library at CALS
Freegal, a service from Library Ideas, allows patrons to sign in with their library card number and PIN and download up to three songs per week. The songs are downloadable in MP3 format and work with any music-playing device or software, including iTunes and Amazon. Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android, but patrons are not required to download any additional software to use the service.
Patrons may browse by artist or genre, and advanced search allows searching by song, album, composer, and label. Through Freegal, patrons will be able to choose from millions of songs from 65 different countries and thousands of labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
Begin downloading music now »
About Overdrive, the E-book and Audiobook Library at CALS
Cardholders at the Central Arkansas Library System may download their favorite books, in either ebook or audiobook format. The service is free, though it does require downloading software to your computer or mobile device. So, what are you waiting for? For a list of supported e-book devices, click here »
Begin downloading e-books and audiobooks »
Apply Online for a Library Card
Pulaski or Perry County residents can request a library card by completing an online application or at any CALS library. Your library card will be mailed to your home address and photo identification must be presented to complete the application process.
A parent or legal guardian should accompany minors who do not have photo identification. If you live in a nearby county ask about the Gateway Project. If you are not a resident of Pulaski or Perry County or of any of the counties that participate in the Gateway Program, you may purchase a nonresident library card for the fee of $60 per year.