Our Mission:
Learn, Know, Gather, Grow

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.

Our Foundation:


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PCLS Foundation
Fundraising to Purchase Land Next to Russellville Library

Number of Russellville Library Patrons: 23,000

Total Amount Needed: $321,000

Please donate $15.00 today!

The Library Foundation accepts: cash, check, debit, credit card.



By Check:
Made to: PCLS Foundation
116 E Third ST
Russellville, AR 72801
foundation at popelibrary dot org

Thank you for your support!

Re-Zoning Hearing

5:30 p.m., Monday, May 23rd, 2016
City Council Meeting Room, 203 S Commerce Avenue, Russellville, AR

There will be a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on Monday, May 23rd to consider change of zoning from C-1 (Central Business District) to C-2 (Highway Commercial) for the old Rally property located at 311 W. Arkansas.

What we would like for the City Planning Commissioners to consider is the effect the zoning change will have for the downtown Russellville. Plans for several years have been to revitalize the downtown which includes where the Russellville Library sits. Studies have shown through the years, if you want an area of town, a town, or city, put a library there. If you want that area to quit thriving, move the library.

The new Russellville Library will be 54,000 ft2 – 68,000 ft2 which means we will need the full imprint of the block including that land for the facility and parking. If the zoning for this corner is changed, it will affect future plans for the library.

The City has been asked to rezone it from C-1 (Central Business District) to C-2 (Highway Commercial) to allow a Casey’s General Store to purchase the Rally and Cogswell properties. That night, the Library Boards and I will speak on the effects of the zone change could have to the Library and surrounding neighborhood. It is a pretty sizable chunk of the block that will be needed to expand the RPL. Casey’s intent is also to build up to the Heritage Hall property line and close our alley if they purchase the property because the Heritage Hall is deeded to RPL as long as it is used for Educational Use. They thought that we were not using it.
Thank you for your support!

Aerial View of Block

View between RPL and Heritage Hall:

Click for view of the Corner of Fourth Street


 Arts, Crafts, & Bake Sale June 4th!
Calling all Artists and Crafters  

PCLS Summer Reading Kick-Off at Russellville June 4th, 2016. We are having an Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale. Spotlight your craft talents and help the PCLS programming budget:

What kind of things?

Decorated Cakes          Spinning           Metalwork         Pies                  Tatting              Rugs

Jewelry                        Crochet             Ink Work           Sculpture          Woodwork        Caning

Quilts                            Painting            Cookies            Canning            Glasswork         Bread

We need Craft items by Friday, May 27, 2016. We are closed on Monday – Memorial Day. Crafters are invited to include business cards for promotion. We welcome any artist who wants to come and talk about or demonstrate their art.

Questions call: Charity Park, Lori Latimer. Baked items & foodstuff: Tammy Montjoy – (479) 968-4368

Our Volunteer Opportunities:

Library Book Store Volunteer

How would you like to volunteer in a bookstore that also benefits the Russellville’s Public Library (RPL)?! The Bookstore at RPL, is entirely staffed by volunteers! A unique used bookstore and gift shop located in the Russellville’s Public Library, the Book Store raises funds to support the programs & services at RPL. We’re looking for folks who enjoy working with the general public, are able to use a computer. Naturally, customer service or retail experience is a plus; but we’re definitely willing to teach these skills to you as well. A minimum of one month commitment to six month is preferred.

Minimum Age: 16

Early Morning Shelver — Children’s Dept. (RPL)

Adult Volunteer

This Volunteer opportunity is specific to book shelving, sorting and helping ensure that materials are in appropriate order. Volunteer may also retrieve items from reports and create book displays. stamping and/or labeling library materials and shelf reading to insure shelving accuracy. Special projects are also available for volunteers on occasion.

Minimum Age: 16

High School Teen Volunteer (RPL)

Teens ages 14-17 can volunteer at the RPL. Teens may help shelve books in children’s and teens, help run activities for storytimes or special events, and much more!

Minimum Age: 14


OYMGSR (1)Summer Reading Program is fast approaching!   Registration on May 16th online and at any of the branch locations.  Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer.  Activities may include group games, physical challenges, art projects, guest speakers, science and engineering experiments, and more.

The  2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through adults, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, and more.   “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” summer program begins on June 6th thru June 30th.  We will kickoff our summer reading program on June 4th from 9 am-1pm at the Russellville Public Library.  There will be games, music, and exhibitors.  We will also have an Arts, Crafts & Bake Sale, with all proceeds going to PCLS Programming and Book Funds.  For more information please contact 968-4368.

Be sure to join us on June 4th from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. for our SRP Kickoff event.  There will be games, activities, food, arts and crafts.  A concert will start at 10 a.m. provided by MB5 .

Children SRP Online Registration

Teen SRP Online Registration

Adult SRP Online Registration


legislatureLibrary, elderly funding restored:
Rainy-day fund tapped for $2M

Thank you to everyone who filled out post cards, wrote letters, posted on social media and called our Senator and Representatives requesting that Library State Aid be reinstated to 400 libraries in Arkansas out of the Emergency Fund. We are grateful. Please thank the legislators the next time you see them!

Good morning, Readers! We want to update you on an improved process for the Library System.

In the past, we have let the patrons know about items that have not been returned via their preference of either text or paper notice for overdues. We are now also offering a courtesy notices for fines which will follow your preference for either text or paper notice. This process started today. We hope this new process will help patrons know in advance about their balances.

Our “Race for Literacy!” Sponsors:

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 Tax Deductible Donation Link:

PCLS Donation Button

Please click on the Donate Now Button if you would like to donate to our Building Fund, Programming, Summer Reading Program, or where it’s needed most. Thank you for contributing toward literacy in Pope County. Our staff loves serving the citizens of Pope County!

PCLS 2016 Book Fund Kickoff


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It is year-end donation season, and PCLS is kicking off their Book Fund Campaign! We are raising $25,000 to purchase 715 books in 2016.

Your donation to the Pope County Library System Foundation helps make the libraries centers of life-long learning.

Your gift at any level is appreciated! A gift of $200 could buy 6 paper books, or 3 eBooks with classic titles and popular genres; or, supplies for 18 library programs.

$800 could pay for a laptop for computer training for patrons. Your gift of $1000 would support Summer Reading Program for one programming department.

Thank you for donating today at http://causes.anedot.com/pclsbookfund/ to create brighter futures!

We enjoy serving the library patrons of Pope County!


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


Pope County Library System Seeks Volunteers
Training Program

The Pope County Library System (PCLS) is recruiting the 2016 class of volunteers to help in our programming, Circulation, Genealogy, Inter-library 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

 PCLS Library Foundation call for Advisory Committee Members

Please contact the PCLS System Director, Shawn Pierce, at 479-968-4368 if you are interested in serving on one of the Library Foundation’s Advisory Committees for: Finance, Fundraising, Grants, or Programming & Events. Service on the Advisory Committees involves frequent meetings (monthly), emails, advocacy, and phone calls. Thanks!


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!

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