Welcome to the Official Website of Forrest City Public Library. Founded in 1921.

Our Mission

The mission of the Forrest City Public Library is to ensure an environment of learning and entertainment.

It is our vision to help bridge the digital divide so that all in the community have access to information and current technologies. 

Library Hours: 

Monday         8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday         8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday      8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday             8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat/Sun         Closed

Main Number:  (870) 633-5646

Fax:  (870) 633-5647 

Library History

The Forrest City Public Library was established in 1921 when a group of local women, known as the Community Service Circle, gathered together a total of five hundred donated books.  These women found support through the Forrest City Elks Club, whose members offered a storeroom in their clubhouse to amass the books.  The ladies were allowed to lend books on the condition that they keep the "library" open six days a week, so that bathroom facilities could be maintained for rural women during their trips to town.   This first library was forced to close after a couple of years due to a lack of funding.

To read our complete Library History please click here...

Services Offered

The library has seven computer terminals that are available for use by patrons who have library cards or picture ID.  There is a reference section and Arkansas genealogy available for use in the library. 

We offer a summer reading program for area children from grades K-5th and Young Adults 6-12th Grade.  Genealogy searches, as well as during Tax Season free Income Tax preparation (VITA).

A library card is not necessary to participate in programs offered at the library. Circulating collection of books, audios, DVDs, and hotspots are available to be checked out by library patrons.