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

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The PCLS Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status which will enable PCLS to receive donations to build, or expand the libraries and to accept donations for Programming to increase literacy in Pope County. Online giving for the PCLS Foundation will officially kick off Tuesday, December 2nd.  Support the building program for your local county library in Atkins, Dover, Hector, or Russellville, and also have the option of donating to the Programming Fund. Click below to support literacy in Pope County by donating to the PCLS Foundation, a 501(c)(3). We are grateful for your support in this endeavor.

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View our new PCLS Virtual Exhibits

PCLS Virtual Exhibit



PCLS February Board of Trustees Meeting will be Wednesday, April 15th

The next regularly scheduled board meeting of the PCLS Library Board will be @ 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15th., at the Atkins Public Library.

Heritage Hall Book Club  

Join us for monthly book discussion on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m!  Book discussion takes place next door to the Russellville Library in Heritage Hall. 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 March 16th at 6 p.m.  We will be discussing “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake” by Jenny Wingfield. 

With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction. 





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 2015 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

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 .50cents. 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