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

  • Materials Reorganization at Fletcher Library to Begin Aug. 18
    The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) John Gould Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan Street, is having a makeover and will be closed from Monday, August 18, through early September. Reorganizing materials will create better access to books and ...
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center to Open on Sundays
    Sunday can now be one more fun day with extended library hours at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street. Beginning September 7, the Children's Library's oper...
  • September Movie Events at CALS Ron Robinson Theater
    "Doot doo, doo doo doot, mahna mahna" and "Arrgh Matey" are phrases moviegoers of all ages should learn in preparation for upcoming movie events at Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The Muppets (...
  • Middle East Expert to Provide CALS Sanders Distinguished Lecture
    Dr. Charles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will present the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Rabbi Ira Sanders Distinguished Lecture on T...
  • CALS Celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month
    Read local this fall with a library card and all the benefits that go with it. Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September to encourage everyone to get a library card. Businesses in Pulaski C...