All Richmond Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday, November 3, for Election Day. The Main Library's polling place will be open for voting. Our Online Services are available 24/7.

Richmond Public Library is transitioning to being open beginning October 19, 2020. Visit our Reopening Page to learn more about our phased reopening plan and what services are expanding.

Main Library

Modernization and renovation of the Main Library began in 1967 and was completed in 1972, including a facade that wrapped around the original building and a 2-story addition. This tripled the size of the original building.

804-646-4867

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Manager - Natalie Draper
Closed

Hours

Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm:
Sunday closed
Monday 10:00am - 5:00pm:
Tuesday closed: Election Day
Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm:
Thursday 10:00am - 5:00pm:
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm:

Available Services

  • 1 hour computers
  • curbside holds pickup
  • curbside printing
  • notary
  • public restrooms
  • faxing
  • Features

    Curbside Printing

    Visit our Curbside Printing Services page to submit your documents to be printed.

    FAXING

    Free - Please call ahead

    NOTARY

    Notary services are available - please call ahead to be sure a notary is ready to help you.

    PARKING

    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.

    PHOTOCOPYING/SCANNING

    Black & white: $.15/page. Scanning - Free, requires a flash drive. The library offers flash drives for $3.00.

    PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS

    80 public computers, 8 children's computers, 2 teen computers. Printing - Black & white: $.15/page Color: $.50/page.

    WI-FI

    Free

    Study Rooms and Event Spaces

    Details

    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.

     

    Job Seekers

    The Main Library houses a Job Seekers’ Area on the second floor, as part of the computer lab. There are six terminals available for patrons who are working on applications, resumes, cover letters, and other items. One-on-one assistance is offered as during schedule times during the week.

    Art display spaces

    The Main Library is home to several distinct art spaces, including the Dooley Foyer (pictured) and takes part in First Friday exhibitions on a regular basis.  Can’t make it down to the Main Library?  Check out the exhibits here.

    Upcoming Events at

    November 2020 Art Exhibit

    Fri

    06

    Nov
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     Main

    The following exhibits will be on display from Friday, November 6, 2020, through Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Gellman Room— “Ellis Island Immigrants: Faces of America”—24 portraits painted from black-and-white ...

    First Friday @ Main

    Fri

    06

    Nov
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

     Gellman Room

    First Friday @ Main First Friday, a monthly opening-night reception for all the artists of the library’s galleries, will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020, from 6:30—9:00 pm.* *All events subject to cancellation or p...

    November 2020 Art Exhibit

    Sat

    07

    Nov
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     Main

    The following exhibits will be on display from Friday, November 6, 2020, through Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Gellman Room— “Ellis Island Immigrants: Faces of America”—24 portraits painted from black-and-white ...