We are open 24/7 online! All buildings of Richmond Public Library are closed until further notice. All programs and meeting rooms are canceled through June 10 per the Governor's Stay-at-Home Order. Book drops will be unavailable - please hold onto any checked out materials until we reopen.  

Main Library

The Main Library was constructed in 1929 and was originally called "The Dooley Library."

804-646-4867

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Manager - Natalie Draper

Hours

SundayClosed
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WednesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed

Features

FAXING

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

NOTARY

Free - Please call ahead for availability

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.

PHOTOCOPYING/SCANNING

Black & white: $.15/page. Scanning - Free, requires a flash drive. The library offers flash drives for $3.00.

PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS

80 public computers, 8 children's computers, 2 teen computers. Printing - Black & white: $.15/page Color: $.50/page.

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.

Upcoming Events at Main

CANCELED--WeDo LEGO® Robotics Club

Sat

04

Apr
 10:00 am - 11:30 am

 Innovation Lab

Kids in grades 2-5, join us for our monthly WeDo LEGO® Robotics Club.  Learn about robotics, teamwork, problem solving, and engineering through designing, building, programming, and testing your LEGO® WeDo design. ...

CANCELLED - Book Sale

Sat

04

Apr
 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 Mezzanine

Gear up for your summer reading!  It's time for the Friends of the Richmond Public Library Book Sale.  Stop by the Main Library Friday, April 3 [12 - 5pm & 7 - 9pm], Saturday, April 4 [10am - 4p...

CANCELED--Open Lab

Sat

04

Apr
 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 Innovation Lab

Come by the Innovation Lab and explore our various tools!  For more information visit https://rvalibrary.org/services/innovation-lab/