Main Library

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

804-646-4867

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Manager - Natalie Draper

Hours

SundayClosed
MondayClosed Inclement Weather
Tuesday10am - 6pm Icy
Wednesday10am - 8pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 5pm

Features

FAXING

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

NOTARY

Free - Please call ahead for availability

PARKING

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at Main

December 2018 Art Exhibits

Wed

12

Dec
 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

 Main

December 2018 Art Exhibits The following exhibits will be on display from Friday, December 7, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018: Gellman Room—Color and black-and-white images of a variety of subjects by the contributin...

Preschool Storytime

Wed

12

Dec
 10:30 am - 11:00 am

 Children's Story Time Area

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

December 2018 Art Exhibits

Thu

13

Dec
 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

 Main

December 2018 Art Exhibits The following exhibits will be on display from Friday, December 7, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018: Gellman Room—Color and black-and-white images of a variety of subjects by the contributin...