location & hours
  • 2100 John Barrow Road
    Little Rock, AR 72204
  • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon. & Wed.
    9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue., Thu., Fri. & Sat.
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  • Library Manager: Peggy Fitzgerrel

About the Library

Sidney S. McMath Library offers patrons thousands of books and audio/visual items. The 10,700 square-feet facility features a children's area, public meeting rooms and wireless Internet access. The library's 10-acre site features a boardwalk from John Barrow Road, a walking path, an amphitheater, and a koi pond with an observation pier.

People of the Library

Sid McMath was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1948. He entered office January 11, 1949 as the nation's youngest governor. He was reelected in 1950. His administration built the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which was financed with a two-cent tax on cigarettes.

News & Announcements

  • 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 tak...
  • 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...
  • 2015 Heiskell Lecture with Jonathan Karl Cancelled
    Due to recent developments regarding the election of a new Speaker of the House, ABC News requires Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent, to be in Washington, D.C., and he is unable to present the Central Arkansas Library System's ...