Main Library

new book drop at Main Library

Temporary New Book Drop Access for Patrons at Main Library

To accommodate patrons desiring "drive-thru" book return service as construction continues at the Main Library campus, a temporary book drop has been placed in the Main Library parking lot opposite the Cox Center. Patrons may return any items to this box; all library procedures related to loan periods, fines, and fees remain in effect. Please call 918-3000 for more information.

About the Library

The Main Library, the flagship of the Central Arkansas Library System, is housed in the renovated Fones Brothers Warehouse in the historic River Market District. The third site for the library, a 132,000-square-feet facility, opened at 100 Rock Street in 1997. The Main Library offers patrons thousands of books and audiovisual items for children and adults. The five floors feature the Sturgis Center for Technology Training, a public computer lab; dedicated areas for children and teens; reading rooms on the first and fifth floors; individual and small group study areas; public meeting rooms; wireless Internet access; and an extensive reference department.

The Main Library campus is comprised of the Main Library; the Cox Creative Center, which houses River Market Books & Gifts, the library’s used book store and Bookends, the library’s literary café; and the Arkansas Studies Institute, a joint project of CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Prose Garden Café

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 918-3023

Prose Garden is a soothing spot for a quick lunch, snack, or beverage on the 5th floor of the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library. Choose a delicious beverage including hot or cold tea, coffee, or juices to go with your sandwich or snack, and then sit near the fountain to read or study. Prose Garden can provide some catering for meetings in the Main Library’s 5th floor meeting rooms. Download the Prose Garden menu here »

News & Announcements

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