Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, RPL is pausing all in-person services and returning to Curbside Pick-Up Service at all of our locations until September 8.  

Main Library

The Main Library has been part of the First Friday Art Walk since 2001.


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Manager - Natalie Draper
closing at 5:00pm
Curbside Only


Thursday 10:00am - 5:00pm: Curbside Only
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm: Curbside Only
Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Curbside Only
Sunday closed
Monday 10:00am - 5:00pm: Curbside Only
Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm: Curbside Only
Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm: Curbside Only


Curbside Printing

Visit our Curbside Printing Services page to submit your documents to be printed.


Free - Please call ahead


Free - 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.


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

Upcoming Events at

Ripple's Reading Buddies



 11:00 am - 11:30 am


Calling all parents and caregivers: We all know how important it is for kids to spend time reading in a positive environment. Research shows that when kids read for at least 20 minutes a day they maintain or improve their literacy skill...

Virtual Teen Trivia



 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join us for a fun game of trivia for teens 12-18! Just grab a pen and paper, round up some teammates, or join by yourself and have fun. Participants will answer questions on a variety of topics from books, popular culture, music, g...

Full STEAM Ahead



 10:00 am - 10:15 am


Join us on our YouTube channel every Wednesday for a new Full STEAM Ahead video.  We'll feature a fun DIY video geared toward kids and teens. Work on your science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills each week!