Main Library

The Main Library was constructed in 1929 and was originally called "The Dooley Library."


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Manager - Natalie Draper


Monday10am - 8pm
Tuesday10am - 8pm
Wednesday10am - 8pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 5pm



Local and Toll-free: $.50/page Long distance: $1.00 (out-going only).


Free - Please call ahead for availability


Parking is available for free 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 are permit-only. Bicycle lanes have been added to East Franklin Street and the library provides bike racks for your convenience.


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


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



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.


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.

Upcoming Events at Main

Preschool Storytime



 10:30 am - 11:00 am

 Children's Storytime Area

Join us for our fun, interactive and educational storytime featuring books, songs, rhymes and activities! For ages 3-5 with an adult. For more details call: 804-646-4768.

Evergreen: Howard Owen Book Release



 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 Gellman Room

Join us for an evening with Howard Owen to celebrate the latest release in the Willie Black series: Evergreen. Willie Black knew he had a father, even if he didn't know where he was buried. It wasn't like Artie Lee gave his s...

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHG...



 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 2nd Floor Computer Lab

A member of the Greater Richmond, VA Chapter, AAHGS, will assist you with your genealogy research project!