Thanksgiving Hours at CALS

All branches of the Central Arkansas Library System will close at 6:00 pm Wednesday, November 26, in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday, and will remain closed through Friday, November 28. All branches will operate normal hours Saturday, November 29. All branches, including the Main Library and Clinton Childrens' Library will be closed Sunday, November 30. Regular operating hours will resume Monday, December 1. For more information, please call 501-918-3000.

ESPN Anchor and Best-selling Author Jeremy Schaap to Present Heiskell Distinguished Lecture

Jeremy Schaap will discuss his experiences in sports journalism at "An Evening with Jeremy Schaap", the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. More info »

CALS to Participate in the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a Purpose

Even if the holiday shopping season is a blur, take time to give back on #GivingTuesday. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will participate in the #GivingTuesday national campaign on Tuesday, December 2. The aim of #GivingTuesday is to change how people think, talk, and participate in the giving season and encourage them to give back to community organizations. More info »

Central Arkansas Library System Sets Food for Fines Dates

Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System is continuing its annual tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines week from Monday, December 15, through Sunday, December 21. More info »

Terry Library Hosts Arkansas Quilters Guild Display

From a garment on a carved ivory figure of an Egyptian Pharaoh in 3400 B.C. to patented techniques created by an Arkansas quilter in the 21st Century, quilts have been a vital part of everyday life. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive, is hosting a display of 53 quilts crafted by the Arkansas Quilters Guild through December 8. More info »

CALS and Camp Lovely to Offer Artisan Workshop Series

It's absolutely lovely at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). CALS and Camp Lovely, a local group of craft bloggers, will present four different workshops during the Artisan Workshop series as a part of CALS Community Learning Courses. The series of workshops include: Better iPhonography, DIY Screen Printing, Craft Blogging, and Holiday Crafting. 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:

  1. Log in to your online account.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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About Hoopla

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.

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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.

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Checkout Periods

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 elibrary@cals.org if you have questions or need assistance.

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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 five 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.

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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 »

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.

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Apply Online for a Library Card

You must be 13 years old or older to apply online for a library card. Parents or guardians may submit an online application for children who are 12 years old or younger.

You must be a resident of Pulaski or Perry County, or be employed in or enrolled in school in one of those two counties, to be eligible for a free library card. If you are not a resident of these counties you may be eligible to apply for a Gateway Card at your local library. Alternatively, you may apply for a nonresident library card for the fee of $60 per year.

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.


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