Due to increased COVID levels, meeting rooms at the branch locations will be unavailable until further notice. Meeting rooms at the Main Library will still be open to the public.

Effective September 23, 2021, and until further directed, all city employees, contracted vendors, sub-contracted employees, and visitors are required to wear a mask while working or visiting any city owned or operated facility. Masks shall be worn, covering both the nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.

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

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

Available Services

  • public access
  • Features

    FAXING

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

    PRINTING/COPYING

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

    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.

    Upcoming Events at

    STEM - Bird Seed Ornaments-SOLD OUT

    Thu

    20

    Jan
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     All Locations

    We are currently sold out of birdseed ornamnet kits. Order your DIY Bird Seed Ornament kit today! Ever look out the window and wonder why some birds do not fly south for the winter and how they get their food? Well here's your chanc...

    STEM - Bird Seed Ornaments-SOLD OUT

    Fri

    21

    Jan
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     All Locations

    We are currently sold out of birdseed ornamnet kits. Order your DIY Bird Seed Ornament kit today! Ever look out the window and wonder why some birds do not fly south for the winter and how they get their food? Well here's your chanc...

    STEM - Bird Seed Ornaments-SOLD OUT

    Sat

    22

    Jan
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     All Locations

    We are currently sold out of birdseed ornamnet kits. Order your DIY Bird Seed Ornament kit today! Ever look out the window and wonder why some birds do not fly south for the winter and how they get their food? Well here's your chanc...