Mena Arkansas Polk County Library


Fifth Oldest Library in Arkansas
Serving the people of Polk County, Arkansas, and the Ouachita Mountains since 1897.

The main library is in Mena with branch libraries in Big Fork, Board Camp, Hatfield, Shady, and Grannis.

Polk County Library, Mena ArkansasWelcome!

The Polk County, Arkansas Library is not just a building filled with dusty old books. The library brings a world of history, science, art and information of all kinds to residents of Polk County and beyond.

Whether you want to research your ancestry, have a quiet place to do homework, peruse reference materials on every subject imaginable, use one of our public access computers or just relax and enjoy a work of fiction you will find it all here.

DVD’s, CDs, magazines, newspapers and books are all available for your use either while you are visiting or to check out. Free Wi-Fi is available for those who have laptops. There is a special children’s area and we offer Story Time every Tuesday. 
Stop on by, we are here to assist you.
Don't have a library card? Bring your current ID to the library and we'll issue you one.  It's free!

Over 42,000 times a year a patron walks into the Polk County Library to…
  • check out books, DVDs, CDs
  • check out sets of books for a local book club
  • use Interlibrary Loan
  • use the free Wi-Fi & public access computers
  • use the copy machine & FAX machine
  • use
  • do research in the permanent collections and genealogy area
  • read the newspapers, magazines, or books
  • participate in special programs such as the Children’s Story Time
  • watch the children’s area TV with webcams from places around the world
Our staff answers telephone questions over 5,000 times a year! A local patron might call wanting to renew a book or wanting to know the hours we are open. Someone from outside our service area might call wanting to know if we have an obituary or an article in a newspaper from long ago. Polk County Library: (479) 394-2314

Patron and Circulation Data
Polk County Arkansas LibraryOver 11,000 people in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma have Polk County Library cards!

Our patrons use the library! We average over 78,000 items checked out each year.
Example of Actual Number of Items Checked Out

   2016 2015
July 4856 5306
August 5242 5301

Founding Member

The Polk County Library and the Montgomery County Library formed a new regional library system in 2010. The new regional library is called the Ouachita Mountains Regional Library. The offices are located in the Montgomery County Library in Mount Ida. Because Polk County is a member of the OMRL, we have been able to expand our services. OMRL: (870) 867-3812
Big Fork
Community Building
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Board Camp
RVFD Station
Mon., Wed., & Fri.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
4675 Hwy. 71 South
Tues. & Fri.
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Community Building
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Grannis available 24 hours a day at the City Hall Community Room
City Hall
Mon., Wed., Thurs.
12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

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