Our Mission

The Pope County Library System is a center of community life, offering opportunities for people of all ages to learn, know, gather and grow.
The library is a dependable source of reliable information and of challenging ideas that enlighten and enrich, and of materials in many formats that enhance leisure time and expand knowledge. The library encourages the love of reading and the joy of learning, and offers the assistance people need to find, evaluate, and use electronic and print resources that support personal growth and development through lifelong learning; and in finding, evaluating, and using information effectively to help the citizens of Pope County live successful and rewarding lives.

Library News

PCLS October Board of Trustees Meeting will be Wednesday, October 15th 

The next regularly scheduled board meeting of the PCLS Library Board will be @ 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 15th, in the Heritage Hall located next door to the Russellville Public Library.

Heritage Hall Book Club

Join us for monthly book discussion on the third Monday of each month at 6pm!  Book discussion takes place next to the Russellville Library in Heritage Hall, which is the old library building.  You can check out the book club book at the Russellville Library starting a month before the meeting.  For more information, email Jennifer at thebookends2014@gmail.com or call the library at 479-968-4368.

Our next meeting will be October 20th at 6 p.m.  We will be discussing “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Winner of the 2013 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award for Middle Reader

 “A Ghostly Gathering”
at the Russellville City Hall on October 29th from 5:30 to 7:30.
Presenters will be:
Shelle Stormoe, Education Coordinator for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will present “Arkansas’ Haunted Historic Sites: Colleges and Universities” with a hometown emphasis on exploring the ghost stories and folklore associated with Arkansas Tech University.
Author/Paranormal Researcher John D. Mimms, will discuss The Tesla Gate, book 1 in his paranormal trilogy, at 6:30 p.m in City Hall. Book signing to immediately follow the presentation.

For more information contact the library…


Thank you, Volunteers!

Last year at this time, we started the Volunteer Group at the Library which has been very successful. Thank you PCLS Volunteers for donating 1, 552 hours in our Children’s, Teen, and Genealogy Departments and Book Store! We are grateful for your help. Your time and talent are appreciated!

Pope County Library System Seeks Volunteers
Training Program

The Pope County Library System (PCLS) is recruiting the 2014 class of volunteers to help in our programming, Circulation, Genealogy, Interlibrary Loan Departments and the Book Store in the Russellville Library.

PCLS serves an average of 350 people per day in its Russellville Branch and 700 per day during the Summer in its Headquarter library alone. Programming increased 70% in 2012 and 10% in 2013. The Russellville Library relied on 24 volunteers to help the system serve the 156,640 patrons who visited the libraries as the economy struggled to recover.

We are looking for creative, organized, team players who have a heart to serve and invite individuals, Civic Clubs, retirees, College and High School Groups and professionals who would like to do pro bono work such as assisting us in writing a: Public Services Plan, Building Facilities Plan, Advocacy Plan, Marketing Plan and a Fundraising Plan so we can prepare to expand the libraries 4 ½ times their size.

For more information, fill out an application online: Volunteer Application

Accepting Book Donations

Patrons, please don’t forget, the Pope County Library System still accepts donations of books to use in our collections to help defray the cost of book purchases. These donations will help fill in holes in our collection, help stock the coming Book Store and Book Sales which will help raise money. We welcome book donations as we always have under the Bookmobile garage or at the front desk of any of our branches located in Atkins, Dover, Hector or Russellville. Thank you!

Shawn Pierce, Director Pope County Library System

Have You Checked Out Our Book Store?

BookStore webpage

The PCLS Book Store is now open to the public.  Stop by the Russellville Library  and check out the assortment of books we have for sale. All Hard back books are $1.00. Paperback and cassette tapes are .50 cents. You can also view our book list on pintrest.

Money raised will be used  for needed library materials, books, equipment, and to enhance library programming. Join us in supporting your local library! Please contact the library @ 479-968-4368 for more details.


e-Books for e-Kids!
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you!  Pope County residents can enjoy access to TumbleBooks for free!

eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks through Library2Go

As a Pope County Library System card holder, you can download eBooks and audiobooks for free through Library2Go.  Our eBooks are compatible with the Kindle, NOOK, Sony Reader, many smartphones, and other devices.  Visit Library2Go to start downloading today.  Our Library2Go Help Page has resources available to help you get started.  Please contact our Library2Go experts at 479-968-4368 with any questions!


Updated: August 15, 2014