Main Library

Expanded evening and Sunday hours, Art Exhibits, Gellman Room Concert Series, several study rooms, music collection.


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Deputy Director - Clay Dishon


Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm:
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm:
Sunday closed
Monday 10:00am - 8:00pm:
Tuesday 10:00am - 8:00pm:

Available Services

  • public access
  • Features


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


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


    Notary services are available. Please call ahead for availability.


    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.



    Upcoming Events at Main Library

    Preschool Storytime



     10:30 am - 11:15 am

     Children's Storytime Area - Main Library

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

    Little Scientists



     11:30 am - 12:00 pm

     Children's Storytime Area - Main Library

    Are your little ones curious about how things work and making cool art? Well this class is for you and your 2-5 year olds. Each class we will learn something cool about science and make a craft to take home. June 16th- Paper Marbling...

    SCRAP Craft Camp: Learn to Needlefelt



     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

     Innovation Lab - Main Library

    Needle Felted Gnome Workshop! Students ages 8 - 12 should have good hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, concentration, focus, and be able to work with caution using a very sharp felting needle. SCRAP Craft Camp brings the creati...

    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.  Can’t make it down to the Main Library?  Check out the exhibits here.