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Limited Service

The Central Library is currently open for curbside service only.


The Central Library is located in downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of Third and Lamar, 2 blocks west and 2 blocks south of the Tarrant County Courthouse. Bus Routes: 10, 46


2½ hours free parking is available at 2 nearby garages. Validate your ticket at the Circulation Desk:

  • Sundance Square Garage 3 (420 Throckmorton St.) - entrance is located on 3rd St., just past the Taylor St. intersection
  • City Place North Garage - entrance is located on the southeast corner of Taylor and Belknap, Public Parking entrance.

There are two-hour and 10-hour parking meters around the library, with free parking after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on all day Saturday and Sunday. There are also a number of pay parking lots in the area.


From paintings and photos to sculptures and collectibles, the library offers a number of quality exhibits throughout the year. We strive to present some of the best works of local artists, photographers and collectors, celebrating both the talent and diversity of our community.

See what’s on display

Vital Statistics

Opened: 1978
Located in Council District 9
Expansion completed 2000
Size: 243,777 square feet
Fiscal Year 2018 circulation: 497,731

Public Service Units

  • Adult Services/Media: 817-392-7733
  • Circulation Services: 817-392-7715
  • Genealogy, History, and Archives: 817-392-7740
  • Interlibrary Loan: 817-392-7731
  • Passports: 817-392-7890
  • Teen Scene Center: 817-392-6012
  • Youth Center: 817-392-7745

Special Collections

  • Auto Repair Manuals
  • Business Directories
  • Current newspapers from around the country
  • Genealogy, Local History, Archives
  • Investment Services
  • Magazines and selected newspapers back to the 1800s
  • Maps
  • Movie Shop
  • Spanish books, DVDs, CDs
  • Standards: ANSI, ISO, SAE
  • Test Preparation Books
  • Vietnamese books, DVDs, CDs

Special Services

Location & Hours

500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305

Telephone: 817-392-7323


  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Fri: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Sat: noon-5 p.m.

Last updated: Aug. 21, 2020