Library Services During COVID-19

The Main Library is open for brief visits by appointment Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Click here to request an appointment.  For more information on library services during COVID-19, including appointments, curbside service, digital access-only library cards, online library card renewal, online resources, digital programs, and more, click here.

Library Services During COVID-19

Library Services During COVID-19


Appointment-Based Library Visits

The Fort Smith Public Library is currently open for short visits to the Main Library by appointment.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  All appointments are for a maximum of 45 minutes except the 5 p.m. appointment, which is limited to 30 minutes due to the library's 5:40 p.m. closing time. 

Library visitors age 10 and older must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth the entire time they are in the library building.  Library staff also wear masks.  Social distancing is observed, and a limited number of people are 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 are not available.  The branch libraries are also 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 take advantage of the library’s curbside service and digital resources instead of visiting the library in person.


Curbside Pickup Services

For library customers who prefer not to visit the library in person, curbside delivery of books and DVDs is available at the Main Library.  Curbside pickup is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information on curbside pickup, click here


Virtual Programs For All Ages

Stay entertained, occupied, and informed by tuning into the variety of digital programs the library offers online.  From laptime storytime for our littlest ones to preschool storytime, STEAM activities, guest presenters, cooking lessons, craft videos for kids and adults, 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. A library card in good standing is required for access to most of the library’s online resources.  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.


Digital Access-Only Library Cards

Interested in trying out the library’s online resources but don’t have a library card?  Apply for a digital access-only card online, and your new library card number will be emailed to you within one business day.  Library cards are free for Fort Smith residents.  For more information or to apply for a digital access-only card, click here.


Online Library Card Renewal

Library cards expire automatically every two years (annually for non-resident cards).  This gives the library staff a chance to update your address, phone number, or email address if needed.  Cards can be renewed in person by appointment or online here.  A card in good standing is required to check out materials from the library and to access most streaming and downloadable resources.


Questions?  Need More Info?

There are lots of ways to get in touch with us – choose what works best for you.

Library staff are working hard to keep you safe as we follow federal and state requirements and recommendations related to COVID-19 while offering as many library resources as possible.  We know library life looks different right now, but we hope to see you soon!