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.


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Branch Manager - Ben Himmelfarb
closing at 5:00pm


Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm:
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm:
Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm:
Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm:
Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm:
Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm:

Available Services

  • public access
  • Features


    Local (including 800 numbers): free
    Long Distance: free


    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.



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    Upcoming Events at Main Library

    Beginner Sewing Machine Class - (Session 1 - Spring)



     12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

     Innovation Lab

    This sewing machine class is open to adults and older teens who are beginners looking to develop their sewing skills for personal use or as a marketable skill that can be used to support themselves or their families. Class is limited to...

    Gellman Room Concerts: Victor Haskins



     2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

     Gellman Room - Main Library

    ImproviStory™ is a one-man-band where multi-instrumentalist/sound artist Victor Haskins improvises immersive, cinematic, story-like soundscapes for the imagination.  Audience members have their own personal, internal experien...

    Family Storytime



     3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

     Children's Storytime Area - Main Library

    Join us for a fun-filled, interactive family storytime! Enjoy songs, rhymes, books and activities for ages 0-5 with an adult. Come get those Sunday sillies out!

    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.