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Main Library

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


101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Deputy Director - Clay Dishon


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

Available Services

  • public access
  • notary
  • circulation/reference services
  • printing
  • computer lab
  • faxing
  • Features

    Expanded Access

    Visit our Reopening page to learn more about all the services being offered during our first phase of reopening.


    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.



    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

    Art in the Park- Main Library Mosiac Day



     10:30 am - 12:30 pm

     Library Park

    Join us for some great ART in the PARK and let your inner artist out!  Travel around the world with us as we highlight and create some amazing art based on old techniques.  We will be highlightling the art of Mosiacs...

    Mending Walls Walking Tour with Hamilton Glass



     10:00 am - 12:00 pm


    Join us for this very special event in partnership with Hamilton Glass and the Mending Walls RVA project. Tour several of the Mending Walls murals and hear Mr. Glass discuss each mural first-hand and the public art project as a whole...

    VA Dept Con & Rec



     11:30 am - 4:30 pm


    Certified Flood Plain Managers Exam