The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) art program is located in the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute building) at Library Square. The Butler Center’s four art galleries, including a retail gallery, feature the work of Arkansas artists and exhibit art related to the state. The exhibition galleries host rotating exhibits including works from the CALS permanent collection. In addition to these galleries, several library locations throughout the CALS system host various exhibits throughout the year.

To view current exhibitions, click here »

To view artwork in the retail gallery, click here »

For additional information please contact Colin N. Thompson, Art Administrator at 501-320-5791.

2nd Friday Art Night

On the second Friday of each month, the Butler Center galleries participate in 2nd Friday Art Night, a time, once-a-month, when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk.

To find out more about 2nd Friday Art Night, click here »




Hours of Operation

  • Mon 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tue 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wed 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thu 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sun CLOSED

Library Square Parking Rates

Two off-street parking areas are available to CALS patrons. An open-air parking lot is situated on the east side of Rock St., directly opposite the Main Library. And, a multi-story parking garage is located immediately north of the Main Library on the corner of Rock St. and President Clinton Ave. In both cases, the parking rates are as follows:

0 – 15 minutes: FREE
16 – 60 minutes: $2.00
1 – 2 hours: $4.00
2 – 3 hours: $6.00
3 – 4 hours: $8.00
4 – 5 hours: $10.00
5 – 6 hours: $12.00
6 – 7 hours: $14.00
7+ hours : $15.00

Overnight: $15.00