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
New Options for CALS Library Card Users
Patrons of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will have more choices in managing their library accounts with two new types of cards beginning Saturday, February 1. Family and child provisional cards will offer more options for families using...
DIY Fashion Workshops in February and March
Learn how to make your own clothes and accessories and create a unique style. Boys and girls, toddlers to teens are encouraged to take part in the D.I.Y. Fashion Workshop Series and Youth-led D.I.Y. Community Fashion show. All events take place at t...
Job Skills Workshops
Need a job? The Main Library Reference department will host Job Skills workshops on the Main Library Campus each Saturday in March beginning at 1 p.m.
The job skills workshops are for all levels of experience in the job market. A different topic wi...
DIY @ Your Library During Teen Tech Week 2014
Celebrate Teen Tech Week with CALS, March 9-15, 2014. This year’s theme, DIY @ your library, raises awareness about how the library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom, where they can explore, create, and share...
Animal Farm Nets Student a Kindle Fire in CALS Contest
Wintertime reading proved to be a valuable undertaking for ninth grader Sade Storthz. Her entry in the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) New Year, New Reads 2014 Most Creative Book Review online contest resulted in a Kindle Fire and extra poin...
McMath Library to Undergo Makeover
The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Sidney S. McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road, is having a makeover and will be closed from Monday, March 17, through early June 2014. A new children's programming room will be added and the existing ch...