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 director would be expected to assume his or her duties in or about January, 2016. More info »

Arkansas Sounds Fall/Winter 2015 Concert Calendar Announced

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 the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. More info »

Ron Robinson Theater Summer and Fall Movie Schedule

The Ron Robinson Theater has the great advantage of state of the art technology in a space that produces the feeling of an old-time grand movie theater. The movies and special events scheduled in the upcoming months celebrate everything from kid flicks, great directors, and classic movies to independent and documentary films. We’ll celebrate holidays with paranormal theater and seasonal films and rewind back to special anniversaries. More info »

2015 Lecture Series Announced

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. More info »

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 Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with Temple B’nai Israel’s 150th anniversary on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. More info »

Banned Books Week

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. The book has been challenged repeatedly because of language, sexuality and violence. After the presentation, the 1985 film will be shown. More info »

Butler Center Genealogy Conference

The Butler Center is pleased to host Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of www.genealogygems.com, as speaker for its annual genealogy workshop. This day-long workshop, held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater is free and open to the public; registration is required »

Self-Published Author and Small Press Book Fair

CALS will present its first Self-Published and Small Press Book Fair giving self-published authors an opportunity to sell books. Additional small breakout sessions on writing and publishing will also be held. Applications for writers will be available by October 1. More info »

FOCAL Used Book Sale

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 - 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19. The basement is full with nearly 200,000 gently read books priced at $.50 and $1. Opportunities special to the July book sale include a night shopping event and 25% teacher discount in the Main Library basement. More info »

Community Learning Courses

CALS Community Learning Courses exist in order to inspire a love of learning through innovative, educational experiences, to foster a sense of community through learning, and to enrich the lives of attendees by providing a means of fulfillment in informational, recreational, and continual learning pursuits. View the fall schedule »

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates and promotes reading. Each branch of the Central Arkansas Library System will host programs for kids, teens and adults. This year's theme, Every Hero Has a Story, will encourage participants to celebrate all kinds of heroes, from superheroes to community helpers, from great historical figures to parents and grandparents. We'll be learning, playing, and reading all summer long with storytimes, special guests, musical shows, magic, and more. All you need is a library card! More info »

How do I access my online account?

To access your account, you'll need a library card barcode number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not have a Personal Identification Number (PIN), you may establish one the first time you login to your account. If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit your local library or call (501) 918-3040 to have your old PIN removed. You will then be able to re-establish your PIN. Click here to log in to your account.

How do I place a hold on a book?

Once you have identified an item in the online catalog that you would like to hold, simply click the "Request" button located under the the title of the item. If you are not already logged in to your online account, you will be prompted to do so.

How do I renew materials?

Materials may be renewed by phone or online. To renew by phone, call the circulation desk of your local branch. To renew online:

  1. Log in to your online account.
  2. You will see a link marked "Items currently checked out" with the number of items you have checked out. Click the link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
  5. You may renew an item up to 5 times if no one has placed a hold on it. Hot Picks may not be renewed.

How do I find employment opportunities at CALS?

Simply visit our employment opportunities page. PLEASE NOTE: CALS in an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted for advertised positions ONLY.

How do I renew my online registration?

For security purposes, online registration expires every 12 months. Simply call 501.918.3000 or visit your local branch of CALS, confirm your current address and phone number, and your online registration will be renewed.

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About Hoopla

What's all the hoopla? The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) now offers streaming of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks to patrons at no cost through Hoopla Digital. All you need is your CALS library card and your PIN!

How does it work?

If you’re accessing Hoopla Digital on your PC or Mac, simply visit our website and click on the "Digital Movie Catalog" link under Quick Links. Sign in to your account to borrow and stream any of the thousands of video content, music albums, and audiobooks. Hoopla Digital titles may not be downloaded onto desktop or laptop computers.

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If you're using a smartphone or tablet, you must download the Hoopla Digital app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sign in to your account via the app to borrow any of the thousands of titles that are available. You may stream titles through the app or download it for later offline viewing/listening. Once your checkout expires, the downloaded item will disappear from your device.

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Checkout Periods

Borrowed content may be accessed anytime during the checkout period, on any device. Checkout periods are as follows: Movies and Television Episodes — 3 days (72 hours); Music Albums — 7 days; Audiobooks — 21 days.

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Send an email to elibrary@cals.org if you have questions or need assistance.

freegal

About Freegal, the Digital Music Library at CALS

Freegal, a service from Library Ideas, allows patrons to sign in with their library card number and PIN and download up to five songs per week. The songs are downloadable in MP3 format and work with any music-playing device or software, including iTunes and Amazon. Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android, but patrons are not required to download any additional software to use the service.

Patrons may browse by artist or genre, and advanced search allows searching by song, album, composer, and label. Through Freegal, patrons will be able to choose from millions of songs from 65 different countries and thousands of labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

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About Overdrive, the E-book and Audiobook Library at CALS

Cardholders at the Central Arkansas Library System may download their favorite books, in either ebook or audiobook format. The service is free, though it does require downloading software to your computer or mobile device. So, what are you waiting for? For a list of supported e-book devices, click here »

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.

Begin downloading e-books and audiobooks »

Apply Online for a Library Card

You must be 13 years old or older to apply online for a library card. Parents or guardians may submit an online application for children who are 12 years old or younger.

You must be a resident of Pulaski or Perry County, or be employed in or enrolled in school in one of those two counties, to be eligible for a free library card. If you are not a resident of these counties you may be eligible to apply for a Gateway Card at your local library. Alternatively, you may apply for a nonresident library card for the fee of $60 per year.

Please note: Beginning May 2015, nonresident card holders will not be able to access CALS's OverDrive ebooks/downloadable audiobook collection.


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