Main Library Map

Click on any area of the map below to learn more about that area of the main library.

Gift Shop Between the Pages Gift Shop

This gift shop, located just behind the grand staircase, is owned and operated by the Friends of the Library. Stop by on your way out of the library and check it out! More information about the gift shop can be found here.

Vending Area Food for Thought Vending Area

Yes, you can eat and drink in the library! (But only in this vending area, please.) Snacks, candy bars, and canned cold drinks are available.

Check Out Desk Check Out Desk

Once you've found what you want to take home with you, come to the Check Out Desk on the first floor to check it out! If you're curious about loan periods or want to know how to obtain a library card, please look at our Circulation Policies.

Computer Lab Computer Lab

The Computer Lab is located across from the Reference Desk on the second floor. It can be used for many things, including library staff training and computer workshops for the public.

Main Entrance Entrance to the Library

The main library is open Monday Noon to 8 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, 9am to 8pm; Wednesday, Friday 9am to 6m; Saturday, 10am to 4pm; and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

Fiction Collection Fiction Collection

On the second floor, you'll find the library's fiction collection. (New fiction is located on the first floor, across from the Information Desk.) We've got romance, westerns, mysteries, science fiction, Oprah's book club choices, National Book Award winners, and so much more. Check it out!

Arkansas Collection Genealogy and Arkansas Collection

Just at the top of the grand staircase is the entrance to the Genealogy and Arkansas Collection. This is one of the best Genealogy collections in the state. Stop in to use the collection of books, microfilm and computers to search for your ancestral records. The Arkansas collection contains both historical and current information about the state. More information is available on the Genealogy Department's web page.

Grade School Collection Grade School Collection

Books for kids in grades 1 - 7 can be found in this wonderful collection, which includes lots of Newbery award-winners and just plain good reads. For more information about Youth Services, check their web page.

Information Commons Information Commons

Anyone is welcome to sign in at the Reference Desk to gain access to the library's public access computers. Twelve computers access the Internet; three provide word processors and a resume program; and one has multimedia resources. Access to the library catalog and online databases is available from most of these computers.

Large Print and Non-English Collection Large Print Collection

The Large Print collection is located behind the elevator on the first floor. Anyone is welcome to check out Large Print books! We have over 7,000 Large Print books, both fiction and non-fiction, in the collection.

Boardroom Library Administration and Conference Room

The offices of the Library Director, Assistant Director, Endowment Officer, and Office Manager are located in the Administration area. A conference room is also available for small group meetings. If you're interested in meeting, check out our meeting room policy.

Library for the Blind Library for the Blind - Closed

The Fort Smith Public Library's branch of the Library for the Blind, which provided books on tape for visually impaired people, is no longer open as of January 1, 2002, due to the discontinuation of state funding. This service is now conducted through the Arkansas State Library, located at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Their toll free phone number is 1-866-660-0885. Note: The public-access computer with resources especially for visually impaired people is still available. Ask about it at the Circulation Desk.

Small Meeting Room Meeting Rooms

The library has three meeting rooms -- the large Cohn-Arendt meeting room on the first floor, and a small meeting room and a conference room on the second floor. Organizations interested in using one of these meeting rooms should read our Meeting Room Policy.

Non-English Collection Non-English Language Collection

Our Non-English Language collection includes Vietnamese and Spanish books for adults and children, and is located in the same area as the Large Print materials -- on the first floor, behind the elevator.

Non-Fiction collection Non-Fiction Collection

Want to learn more about photography, war, or traveling? Need some plumbing, carpentry or gardening advice? Interested in reading poetry or learning how to train your dog? Want to brush up on your computer skills? Check out the Non-Fiction Collection located on the second floor. You'll be surprised at what you can find there!

Periodicals Reading Area Periodicals Reading Area

The Periodicals Reading Area is on the second floor behind the Grand Staircase. The library subscribes to over 250 periodicals and we welcome you to browse in the Reading Area, select a magazine, and take advantage of the seating area to sit and read for a couple of hours. We think you'll enjoy it.

Preschool Collection Preschool Collection

We have lots of picture books for little ones. Bring your child in, grab a couple of books and read to him or her in one of the comfortable seating areas we provide, or check out a stack of books to read at home! Check the Youth Services page for information about storytimes and more.

Reference Reference Collection

The Reference department has resources for business, school and personal research. The staff of the Reference department will be happy to help you find the answers to your questions. For more information, visit the Reference page.


Restrooms are located just off the main entryway on the first floor; in the Youth Services area; and across from the small meeting room on the second floor.

Story Time Room Story Time Room

The Story Time Room is a special room in Youth Services that is used when the staff does projects with kids. The linoleum floor of this kid-friendly room is designed to look like a lake, with green grass all around it.

One of our Study Rooms Study Rooms

Study rooms are available in the Large Print area (ask for the key at the Circulation Desk), the Young Adult area (ask for the key at Youth Services desk), and on the second floor (ask for the key at the Reference Desk). Study rooms can fit anywhere from two to six people, and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Technical Services and Computer Services

Technical Services is where books are ordered, cataloged, and processed before they go out onto the shelves. This room also houses the Computer Services area, where staff and public access computers are prepared for use in the library.

Videos, CDs and Audiotapes Videos, CDs and Audiotapes

Thousands of videos, CDs and audiotapes are available for check-out. Look through the bins on the first floor, and find the jacket of an item you want to check out, then take the jacket to checkout at the Circulation Desk to pick up the item.

Young Adult area Young Adult Area

Books, computers, comfy chairs, study tables, and study rooms are available in our Young Adult area. After-school and evenings are especially busy times.

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This Page Last updated: 26 January 2009
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