The Hempstead County Library serves the people residing in the 728 square miles of Hempstead County, Arkansas. The library is located in Hope, the County Seat, which is located 35 miles east of Texarkana and 114 miles south of Little Rock. An estimated 22,000 people live in Hempstead County. The HCL was established in 1948 with the help of several generous local donors.
There are 4 computers for the public to use, each with Internet access, and 2 online catalog computers. The Hempstead County Library’s collection consists of over 45,000 books, audios, DVDs, magazines, Genealogy resources, and other materials. As a public library all of our basic services are free for anyone who wishes to use them. Fees are charged for printing, photocopying, and overdue materials. Library Policies are established by the Library Board.
The library is governed by a Board of Commissioners, with six members appointed by the Hempstead County Quorum Court.