To support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, all four locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will be closed until further notice. For information on how to contact library staff, curbside pickup of library materials, the new digital access-only library card, and more check our Facebook page or the library website.
The Fort Smith Public Library offers a variety of resources for adults of all ages. Escape to another world with a novel, learn a new skill with a non-fiction book, watch a movie or documentary, be entertained or enlightened at a library program, satisfy your curiosity through research, or meet your technology needs. The Fort Smith Public Library has it all.
Internet computers – Access the Internet for free with a Fort Smith Public Library card, current UAFS ID, or military ID. For individuals without a library card in good standing, Internet access may be purchased for $3. Internet sessions last an hour. Additional time is available if no one is waiting.
Express Internet computers – When only a few minutes of Internet access is needed, the library offers 15-minute express Internet computers. No library card or ID is required. All Internet users must agree to the Fort Smith Public Library’s Computer and Internet Usage Policy.
Wi-Fi – Free high-speed wireless Internet is available at all library locations. No library card or password is required. All Wi-Fi users must agree to the library’s Wi-Fi policy.
Word Processing computers – Dedicated computers loaded with word processing software such as Microsoft Word are available. Use of word processing computers is free and no library card is required.
Digital scanner – Need to scan photos or documents? The Main Library offers access to a computer with a digital scanner attached. All library locations have photocopiers that will also scan documents and photos. Scanner access is free and no library card is required.
Printers and photocopiers – Black and white photocopiers and black and white and color printers are available. Black and white copies and prints are $.25/page. Color prints are $1/page.
Wireless printing – Have a document on your mobile device or laptop that you need to print? The Reference Department at the Main Library offers wireless printing. Click here and follow the instructions to send your print job wirelessly.
The Main Library offers access to historical Fort Smith newspapers dating back to 1848 on microfilm. Two digital microfilm readers are available, along with several mechanical film readers. The library is currently in the middle of a multi-year project to digitize the newspapers on microfilm. Fort Smith newspapers from 1848-March 31, 1932 are currently digitized. More issues will be digitized as funding becomes available.
Save time and effort by letting our knowledgeable staff do your research for you. The research fee is $20/hour with a 15-minute ($5) minimum. Payment is for staff research time, regardless of whether the search is successful. Information will be sent digitally. Extra fees may apply if information is printed and mailed. To request research, complete the online form.
Quick Reference and Reader’s Advisory
Need the answer to a quick question? Trying to track down a fact? Want help finding information on a specific topic? Ready to find your next good read? Wondering how to download an eBook to your Kindle? These are all questions the library staff is ready to help you answer. Stop by the Reference Desk or fill out this webform to let us point you in the right direction.