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:


Our eBooks:
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Library News

 Library Board Meeting

Our next board meeting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26th at the Russellville Public Library in Russellville, Arkansas.

 PCLS 2015 Annual Report

PCLS 2015 Annual Report


PCLS Foundation

Fundraising to build a new
Pope County Library

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!


 Library Book Store Volunteer

How would you like to volunteer in a bookstore that also benefits the Pope County Library (PCL)?! The Bookstore at PCL, is entirely staffed by volunteers! A unique used bookstore and gift shop located in the Pope County Library, the Book Store raises funds to support the programs & services at PCL. 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. (PCL)

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 (PCL)

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

Minimum Age: 14


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!

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!

 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 Pope County 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 Pope County 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!


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Updated: July 6th, 2015