Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, all Richmond Public Library locations will reopen to the public. Learn more about our Expanded Access and what to expect on your next visit to the library.

Main Library

In September 1972, Richmond native and author Tom Wolfe was the featured speaker at the formal dedication ceremonies, and historian Virginius Dabney was the Master of Ceremonies.

804-646-4867

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Deputy Director - Clay Dishon
Closed

Hours

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

Available Services

  • public access
  • limited capacity
  • notary
  • circulation/reference services
  • printing
  • computer lab
  • faxing
  • Features

    Expanded Access

    Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, this location will no longer offer curbside services. Visit our Reopening page to learn more about all the services being offered during our first phase of reopening.

    FAXING

    Free - Please call ahead

    NOTARY

    Notary services are available. Please call ahead for availability.

    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.

    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.

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