All Richmond Public Library locations provide curbside services. Computer access is suspended until further notice effective December 28. Visit our Reopening Page to learn more about the many services available.

Main Library

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

804-646-4867

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Manager - Natalie Draper
Open
closing at 5:00pm

Hours

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

Available Services

  • curbside holds pickup
  • curbside printing
  • faxing
  • Features

    RPL Express

    Visit our RPL Express page to learn more about our reopening plan.

    Curbside Services

    Visit our Curbside Pick Up Service page to learn more about all the services being offered during this phase of our reopening.

    Curbside Printing

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

    FAXING

    Free - Please call ahead

    NOTARY

    Notary services are currently unavailable.

    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

    Book Babies and Toddlers Virtual Storytime through ZOOM

    Tue

    26

    Jan
     10:30 am - 11:00 am

     

    Join us for a fun and interactive story, music and play for babies from birth to 24months with their caregiver.

    The Lounge: A Virtual Teen Space on Discord

    Tue

    26

    Jan
     3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

    While the physical libraries are closed, your virtual teen space is waiting for you on Discord!  Chat, socialize, play games, and chill every Tuesday from 3-5 PM.  To join you must be between the ages of 12–18 and l...

    Young Writers Workshop

    Wed

    27

    Jan
     12:00 am - 11:59 pm

     

    This is the Monthly Video Release Date! Do you have a great idea for a story, but not sure what to do next? Do you think your favorite character got a raw deal, and you know exactly what should have happened instead? Have you ever star...