Main Library



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

  • 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 s...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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. The Foo...
  • CALS to Participate in the National #GivingTuesday Movement
    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 cha...