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

  • Tax Assistance Available at CALS
    Volunteers from Volunteers In Tax Assistance (VITA) / Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) will be at Dee Brown Library, as well as other locations in and around Little Rock, through April 15 to help qualified patrons file their tax returns. ...
  • Arkansas Gives Day
    Mark Your Calendar! Thursday, April 2 is Arkansas Gives Day. On this day, Arkansans will come together as a state to donate to a cause of their choice. Please choose to support the mission of the CALS Foundation, which raises funds to support CALS. ...
  • CALS Foundation Participates in ArkansasGives
    When everyone works together for a common goal, much can be achieved. Arkansans can work together on Thursday, April 2, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to help Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) when CALS Foundation will participate in ArkansasGives, a one-...
  • New CALS Department Offers More Programs for Adults
    Community Paint Night, a launch event for Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Community Learning Courses, will be held Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Ave. A free guided-painting experience with local artists will...
  • CALS to Host Massage Techniques for Caregivers of Autistic Children Workshops
    Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will hold Massage Techniques for Caregivers of Autistic Children workshops led by Alicia Romine at select CALS branches in April. Romine will discuss the benefits of therapeu...