Main Library Map
Click on any area of the map below to learn more about that area of the main library.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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.
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 - 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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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
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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