Library Update

The Main Library is now open for brief visits, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Appointments are required, and not all library resources are available.  Click here to request an appointment.  For more information on library reopening, including appointments, due dates, overdue fees, and new services such as curbside pickup and digital access-only library cards, click here.

Library Open By Appointment Only

Library Open By Appointment Only


Appointment-Based Library Visits

The Fort Smith Public Library is excited to welcome library customers back to the library buildings.  The library will re-open in phases, following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and the Arkansas Department of Health.  The focus during Phase 1 of reopening is on short visits to the Main Library by appointment only.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Each appointment is for a maximum of 30 minutes.

During phase 1, masks are required for library visitors as specified by the Arkansas Department of Health’s directive on indoor venues.  Library staff will also be wearing masks as we assist the public.  Social distancing will be followed, and a limited number of people will be permitted in the building at one time.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Dewey’s Café, meeting rooms, and study rooms will not be available during Phase 1.  The branch libraries will also remain closed.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit the library, click here or call us

Please DON’T visit the library if you are experiencing or have had a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, if you have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed or probable case of the virus, if you have been admitted to a hospital or other inpatient facility within the last 14 days, or if you have traveled to a known COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days.

High-risk individuals or members of vulnerable populations are encouraged to continue to take advantage of the library’s curbside service and digital resources instead of visiting the library in person.


All Library Materials Are Due June 29

All library materials currently checked out are due back at the library by Monday, June 29.  Materials may be returned to any of the four FSPL locations.  Please return materials at the outside book returns.


Overdue Fines Will Resume July 13

Library fines have not been charged while the library buildings have been closed.  Overdue fines will begin accumulating on Monday, July 13.


Curbside Pickup Will Continue

For library customers who prefer not to visit the library in person, our new curbside delivery of books and DVDs will continue to be available.  For more information on curbside pickup, click here


Summer Reading Program Continues Online

Don’t forget that the summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults is 100% online this summer.  Register online, then log your books or reading time to earn badges and be eligible to win prizes.  For more information, click here.


Tune In To Virtual Programs For All Ages

Stay entertained, occupied, and informed all summer long by tuning into the variety of digital programs we are offering online.  From laptime storytime for our littlest ones to preschool storytime, STEAM activities, magicians, musicians, cooking lessons, and live trivia events, there is something for everyone online through the library.  See our complete virtual calendar.  Also find us on Facebook and on YouTube.


Streaming and Downloadable Movies, TV Shows, Comics, Audiobooks, and eBooks

The library offers access to thousands of books and videos through Library2Go, Kanopy, Hoopla, TumbleBooks, and more.  Check out the resources listed on our Stream and Download page or a complete list of all of the library’s online resources on the Databases page. If you need a library card, apply for a digital access-only card online or make an appointment to come in to apply for a regular library card.  Library cards are free for Fort Smith residents.


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We have missed you!  We look forward to seeing you soon.