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Main Library

Expanded evening and Sunday hours, Art Exhibits, Gellman Room Concert Series, several study rooms, music collection.


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Branch Manager - Ben Himmelfarb
closing at 8:00pm


Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm:
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm:
Sunday closed
Monday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Tuesday 10:00am - 8:00pm:

Available Services

  • public access
  • Features


    Local (including 800 numbers): free
    Long Distance: free


    Prints are $.15/page for B&W, $.50/color. Copies are $.15/page, B&W only.


    Notary services are available. Please call ahead for availability.


    Parking is available on-street around the library. There is a surface lot at 1st and E. Grace Streets and a deck at 2nd and E. Franklin Streets. The parking spaces behind the library in the lot are permit-only. Bicycle lanes have been added to East Franklin Street and the library provides bike racks for your convenience.



    Westlaw Patron Access

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    Upcoming Events at Main Library

    Access to Justice - Information on legal resources in R...



     6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

     Richmond Room - Main Library

    The RPL Law Library will host an informational workshop on all the free and low-cost legal services in and around the Richmond region. Come learn what each of the three local Legal Aid Services provide. Find out more about state-wide ci...

    Fitness Warriors: Fit 4 Favor with Erica



     6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

     Auditorium - Main Library

    Upbeat, low/mid intensity Cardio class that focuses on controlled movement to strengthen, tone, and stretch muscles. Classes are infused with dance moves to improve joint flexibility and enhance balance. Bring a yoga mat, workout clothe...

    Preschool Storytime



     10:30 am - 11:15 am

     Children's Storytime Area - Main Library

    Join us for our fun, interactive and educational storytime featuring books, songs, rhymes and activities! For ages 3-5 with an adult.

    Study Rooms and Event Spaces


    Guests are expected to configure tables and chairs, and also return them to their original configuration.
    Rooms are booked a minimum of 2 weeks in advance, and maximum of 2 months in advance.

    Event Spaces

    Main Library offers several event spaces to the public.  The auditorium has a maximum capacity of 250 and includes a lectern, 10 tables, and 225 chairs.  The Annex has a maximum capacity of 44 and offers a lectern, 8 tables and 25 chairs.  Both rooms include a ceiling-mounted LCD projector and a screen.

    Study Rooms

    Main Library offers several study rooms to the public.  These include tables and chairs to seat 8-12 people.