Thompson



    location & hours
  • 38 Rahling Circle
    Little Rock, AR 72223
    501-821-3060
  • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon., Tue., & Thu.
    9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat.
  • Map & Directions »
  • Library Manager: Mary Louise Cantwell

The Roosevelt Thompson Library offers patrons more than 62,000 books, magazines and audiovisual items. The 13,500-square-feet facility also includes public meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, activity areas for children, study rooms, a dozen public computers, and wireless Internet access.

People of the Library

Roosevelt Thompson was a Little Rock native and the valedictorian the 1980 Central High School class. He had achieved the highest score ever by an Arkansan on the National Merit Scholarship exam and was preparing to attend Oxford University as the recipient of a Rhodes scholarship. His life ended in a car accident while traveling to Yale University.

News & Announcements

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. The ev...
  • 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...
  • The Color Purple is Highlighted During Banned Books Week
    The Arkansas Literary Festival will celebrate Banned Books Week with an interview reenactment, a film, and a writing contest. A program based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-winning novel, The Color Purple, will be ...