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
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
Arkansas Sounds Features Diverse Lineup for Summer and Fall Concerts
For the rest of 2015, Arkansas Sounds’ monthly concert series features diverse artists ranging from up and coming musicians to Arkansas music legends, who will perform styles from bluegrass and jazz to heavy rock. All concerts will be held at t...
Arkansas Literary Festival Plans Banned Books Week Event
The Arkansas Literary Festival will celebrate Banned Books Week by presenting a program based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-winning novel, The Color Purple on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Ron Robinson...
Arkansas Literary Festival Plans Self-Published Author and Small Press Book Fair
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will present its first Self-Published Author and Small Press Book Fair on Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 p.m., in the Main Library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. For a registration fee of $25, authors...
ABC News White House Correspondent Featured at Heiskell Distinguished Lecture
Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent, will present the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture on Friday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.
July FOCAL Book Sale Includes Night Shopping and Teacher Discount
It's hot outside, but the deals are hotter at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) Used Book Sale on the Main Library campus, 100 Rock Street, July 17-19. Basement sale hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, and 1...
CALS Community Learning Courses Feature a Variety of Options for Fall
?Back to school doesn’t have the same meaning when you participate in a Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Community Learning Course. Beginning in the fall, patrons will experience a variety of courses, from starting a small business to ta...
Sanders/Darrow Debate Revisited as CALS Sanders Distinguished Lecture
Eighty-five years ago at Little Rock High School, the nationally known religious skeptic Clarence Darrow debated immortality with Rabbi Ira Sanders. This event will be explored anew as the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) 2015 Sanders D...
Every Hero Has a Story with CALS Summer Reading Club
Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates and promotes reading. Each branch of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host programs for kids, teens and adults. This year's theme, Every Hero Has a Story, will encourage parti...
Call for Applications: Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is seeking a new executive director for the System. Dr. Bobby Roberts, who has led CALS for the past 27 years, has announced that he will retire in early 2016. The new executive d...