location & hours
  • 703 W. Main Street
    Jacksonville, AR 72076
  • 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue. & Thu.
    9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat.
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  • Library Manager: Cindy Powell

About the Library

The current 13,500 square-feet building is the third site for the Jacksonville Library, and opened in 2009. When it opened, the library contained about 12,000 books. The collection at the Nixon Library currently includes over 60,000 items including adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, and additional audiovisual items.

People of the Library

Esther DeWitt Nixon was the first librarian for the Jacksonville Library. She served in that capacity for 27 years until her retirement in 1986. The library is named in her honor and serves the community of Jacksonville with a variety of programs for adults and children, reading and research materials and public computer and internet access.

News & Announcments

  • Sanders/Darrow Debate Revisited as CALS Sanders Distinguished Lecture
    On November 3, 1930, the nationally-known religious skeptic Clarence Darrow debated immortality with Rabbi Ira Sanders at Little Rock High School in an auditorium packed with more than 2,000 people. This event will be explored anew as the Central Ark...
  • Final Candidates Announced for CALS Director
    The Transition/Selection Committee of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has recommended the CALS Board of Trustees consider two candidates, Nate Coulter and Haley Lagasse, both of Little Rock, as the final candidates for the position of dir...
  • 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 Monday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. The e...
  • CALS Sets Food for Fines Dates
    Shed unwanted library fines this holiday season. The Central Arkansas Library System is continuing its annual tradition of helping those in need by holding its annual Food for Fines week from Monday, December 7, through Sunday, December 13. The Food ...