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: http://www.popelibrary.org/foundation/


Library News

 PCLS February 2016 Library Board Meeting

The next meeting of the PCLS Library Board will be 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 17th at the Hector Public Library.


 PCLS will host it’s 1st annual 5k/10k walk/run and 1 mile kids fun run on March 12th at the Russellville Jr. High School.
For more information on the race or to register, click on links below.


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 onlineVolunteer 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!


 Bookends 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. february

Our next meeting will February 15th  at 6 p.m.  We will be discussing Cutting for Stone,  by Abraham Verghese


Set primarily in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the mid–twentieth century,Cutting for Stone opens at the Missing Hospital with the unexpected and miraculous birth of Marion and Shiva to Sister Mary Joseph Praise. Marion narrates the story and says that all stories must begin at the beginning, at which point the narrative flashes back to Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s journey to Ethiopia.







Have You Checked Out Our Book Store?

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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 .50 cents. 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.

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: July 6th, 2015