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Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library's monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event, will be held virtually at 6 ...
11/02/2020
BPL Bards & Brews Virtual to be held Friday, November 6

Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library's monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event, will be held virtually at 6 p.m. this Friday, November 6, 2020, on the Bards & Brews page. Candice Hardy, BPL's Outreach Librarian, says poets who desire to participate can still register for a few slots open by emailing [email protected]. Click below for details

Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library's monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event, will be held virtually this Friday, November 6...

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11/02/2020

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A 10-year-old student from Birmingham’s Glen Iris Elementary School is among the 10 participants in the 2020 Birmingham ...
11/02/2020
BPL Hosting 2020 Local Authors Expo Virtually on Saturday, November 7

A 10-year-old student from Birmingham’s Glen Iris Elementary School is among the 10 participants in the 2020 Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Expo taking place virtually on the BPL page at 10 a.m. this Saturday, November 7.
Ayrika Jones, author of “How Did You Know It was Me, Mr. Tomato, " was featured on WVTM NBC 13 in September and interviewed by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for his spotlight feature last week. The program will be hosted by BPL Programming/Outreach Librarian Candice Hardy. Registration is closed; no other authors will be admitted. For information, contact Candice Hardy at (205) 226-3741. or click on the blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/11/bpl-hosting-2020-local-authors-expo.html

What: 2020 Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Expo When: Saturday, November 7, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Virtual/Live-stre...

Birmingham Public Library's cover photo
11/02/2020

Birmingham Public Library's cover photo

Birmingham Public Library's cover photo
11/02/2020

Birmingham Public Library's cover photo

A Day in the Life of a Librarian @BPL: Caitlin Jackson   Birmingham, Ala. – Caitlin Jackson has been a professional libr...
10/30/2020
A Day in the Life of a Librarian @BPL: Caitlin Jackson

A Day in the Life of a Librarian @BPL: Caitlin Jackson
Birmingham, Ala. – Caitlin Jackson has been a professional librarian for two years at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham. She obtained her Master’s in Library Information Science from the University of Alabama in 2017.
In a short Q & A with BPL Public Relations Director Roy L. Williams, Jackson described what a typical day is like serving as a librarian in the Central Library’s youth department.

Central Library Youth Librarian Caitlyn Jackson dressed up during Halloween 2019. Caitlin Jackson has been a professional librarian for tw...

Good news for researchers, genealogists and archivists in metro Birmingham: BPL's Southern History Department and Archiv...
10/30/2020
Birmingham Public Library's Archives and Southern History Department Open by Appointment Only

Good news for researchers, genealogists and archivists in metro Birmingham: BPL's Southern History Department and Archives Department are now both open by appointment only.

Call Mary Beth Newbill at 205-226-3665 to schedule an appointment to the Southern History Department.

Call Jim Baggett at 205-226-3630 to schedule an appointment in the Archives Department.

Click here for details or read below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/birmingham-public-librarys-archives-and.html

Historic mural on 1st floor of the BPL Research Library's Southern History Department. Good news for researchers, genealogists and archiv...

Join the Birmingham Public Library for the “2020 Drive-thru Trunk or Treat”. 🎃When: Saturday, October 31, 2020🎃Time: 12:...
10/30/2020

Join the Birmingham Public Library for the “2020 Drive-thru Trunk or Treat”.

🎃When: Saturday, October 31, 2020

🎃Time: 12:00pm—2:00pm

🎃Location: Birmingham Public Library (Downtown)
🎃2100 Park Place, Birmingham 35203

Have a spooktacular day!

10/30/2020
Ayrika M Jones Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur

In honor of October being National Book Month, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin congratulates Glen Iris Elementary School student Ayrika Jones on publishing her first book, "How Did You Know it was Me, Mr. Tomato?'' Ayrika will also be featured in the BPL virtual Local Author Expo next Saturday, Nov. 7

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Votes can be placed now until midnight EST on Friday Oct. 30th
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The Birmingham Public Library will be closed for the presidential Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Birming...
10/29/2020
The Birmingham Public Library to Close for Election Day Tuesday, November 3

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed for the presidential Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Birmingham City Council this week unanimously approved making the first Tuesday of November during a presidential election year, Election Day, a city holiday to make it easier for employees to vote.

Although the Central Library will not be open and no curbside pickup will be available at BPL’s Avondale, Five Points West and Springville Road regional libraries, patrons can still check out items online on BPL’s website and via its mobile app 24/7.

Click below for details https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-birmingham-public-library-to-close.html

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed for the presidential Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Birmingham City Council th...

Mary Beth Newbill has been an employee at the Birmingham Public Library for 24 years, including 21 years as a profession...
10/29/2020
A Day in the Life of a Librarian @BPL: Mary Beth Newbill

Mary Beth Newbill has been an employee at the Birmingham Public Library for 24 years, including 21 years as a professional librarian.
In a short Q & A with BPL Public Relations Director Roy L. Williams, she described what a typical day is like heading BPL’s Southern History Department in this post Covid-19 environment. Click here or read below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/a-day-in-life-of-librarian-bpl-post.html

Mary Beth Newbill helping a patron on the phone in the summer of 2020. Mary Beth Newbill has been an employee at the Birmingham Public Li...

10/29/2020
Avondale Library - Birmingham Public Library System

Halloween tales courtesy of Mrs. Eve, who recorded this last month prior to retiring as Avondale Library storyteller.

(Prerecorded September 2020) Although Mrs. Eve has retired, she still has stories to share. Thank you Mrs. Eve!

BPL is excited to partner with Birmingham’s Holy Family  Cristo Rey Catholic High School to offer a girls' coding camp, ...
10/27/2020
BPL Partners With Holy Family Cristo Rey High School to Host Girls Coding Camp

BPL is excited to partner with Birmingham’s Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School to offer a girls' coding camp, called "Code 205: Intro to Game Design"! Sessions will cover the basics of electrical engineering and game design. See details on the blog below.

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting a fall girls computer coding camp in partnership with Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School ,...

Birmingham’s Fannie Flagg takes us back to Whistle Stop in new novel, “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop.” The 283-page nov...
10/27/2020
Fannie Flagg takes us back to Whistle Stop in new novel

Birmingham’s Fannie Flagg takes us back to Whistle Stop in new novel, “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop.” The 283-page novel takes readers back to people & places Flagg made famous in “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,” updating their stories to present day

The Alabama native's new book, "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," comes out today

Kimberla Lawson Roby
10/27/2020

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Next week, Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM CST, please join me for my virtual speaking engagement with Birmingham Public Library via Facebook Live, which you can access by clicking here: Birmingham Public Library! I'll also be reading a short excerpt from my latest book, The Woman God Created You to Be: Finding Success Through Faith-Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, and answering any questions you might have. Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

The Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Committee is hosting author Kimberla Lawson Roby on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p...
10/26/2020

The Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Committee is hosting author Kimberla Lawson Roby on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. on the Birmingham Public Library’s page. In an interview, Roby gave insight into what viewers can expect during next week’s virtual talk, entitled “The Woman God Created You to Be.”
For details read below or click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/q-with-author-kimberla-lawson-roby.html

Looking for the right health care plan as 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment begins in November? The Birmingham P...
10/26/2020
Central Library Available to Help Patrons Choose ACA Health Care Plan

Looking for the right health care plan as 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment begins in November? The Birmingham Public Library can help patrons visiting its Central Library downtown by providing information and assisting with enrollment.
If you don’t have health insurance coverage, BPL can help you enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period. Click below for details https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/central-library-available-to-help.html
The ACA Open Enrollment period is November 1 through December 15, 2020, for plans that go into effect starting January 1, 2021. BPL received a $2,000 “Libraries Connecting you to Coverage” award from the Public Library Association

BPL is helping answer questions from patrons during the 2021 ACA Open Enrollment period. By Lynn Hutchins | Central Library Looking f...

The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with Leaders of Excellence and several other organizations to host a Drive-T...
10/25/2020

The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with Leaders of Excellence and several other organizations to host a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 31, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. Bring your kids to receive free candy & goodie bags in a safe environment-Make sure to wear your masks. For details click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/bpl-leaders-of-excellence-partner-to.html

10/24/2020
Bham Now - Birmingham’s modern media

Did you know BPL has our very own ghost. Check out the video in the article.

Have you heard about the ghosts at the Alabama Theatre and Sloss Furnaces?

We wanted to learn more about these and other ghost stories in Birmingham—here's what we found out!

A participant of last year’s BPL Local Authors Expo has been featured in an online publication. Check out this interview...
10/23/2020
THIS INTERVIEW is Special: Logan Stoves answers our “2020 Twenty Questions” Questionnaire » THIS. ENTERTAINMENT

A participant of last year’s BPL Local Authors Expo has been featured in an online publication. Check out this interview with Logan Stoves, Author of “The Homecoming Racer” & a 2017 graduate of Ramsay High School.

Writer and author Logan Stoves is using his talent for words to touch the hearts and spirits of readers across our country and beyond. For that we applaud him. Logan’s triumphant book, the 5-star rated The Homecoming Racer, is allowing readers to escape current event worries to laugh, smile and cr...

The Birmingham Public Library will host a girls coding camp in partnership with Holy Family Cristo Rey thanks to a grant...
10/23/2020
BPL Partners With Holy Family Cristo Rey High School to Host Girls Coding Camp

The Birmingham Public Library will host a girls coding camp in partnership with Holy Family Cristo Rey thanks to a grant funded by NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology).
Code 205: Intro to Game Design will be led by a team consisting of Katelyn Miller, Caitlin Jackson, and Mohsine Taarji. Caitlin Jackson, a BPL teen librarian, has worked closely with Taarji on past projects, such as Teen Engineers BHM, which included STEM education such as coding, soldering, and 3D printing. Taarji has worked with the library for about five years as an UAB Engineering student mentor and is currently working on his PhD.
BPL hopes that Code 205 will serve as a novel program that inspires future sessions in the spring and beyond. The camp begins Monday, October 26, 2020. For details, click here or read below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/bpl-partners-with-holy-family-cristo.html

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting a fall girls computer coding camp in partnership with Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School ,...

The Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Committee is hosting author Kimberla Lawson Roby on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p...
10/23/2020
Q & A With Author Kimberla Lawson Roby

The Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Committee is hosting author Kimberla Lawson Roby on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. on the Birmingham Public Library’s page. Roy L. Williams, BPL’s public relations director, recently conducted a Q & A with the New York Times best-selling author of 28 books. In the interview, Roby gave insight into what viewers can expect during next week’s virtual talk, entitled “The Woman God Created You to Be.”
For details read below or click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/q-with-author-kimberla-lawson-roby.html

The Birmingham Public Library Local Authors Committee is hosting author Kimberla Lawson Roby on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. on...

The Birmingham Public Library’s 2020 Family History Month programs conclude on Friday, October 30, featuring a Q&A with ...
10/22/2020
Q & A with Genealogist J. Mark Lowe to Conclude 2020 Family History Month

The Birmingham Public Library’s 2020 Family History Month programs conclude on Friday, October 30, featuring a Q&A with professional genealogist and author J. Mark Lowe.
The public is invited to join in a Zoom video discussion by Lowe, who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Click here for details https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/q-with-genealogist-j-mark-lowe-to.html

J. Mark Lowe The Birmingham Public Library’s 2020 Family History Month programs conclude on Friday, October 30, featuring a Q&A with profess...

10/22/2020
The Last Slave Ship Survivor

Thank you for joining us! For more information on this event please visit the Birmingham Public Library website at cobpl.org

In celebration of 2020 Family History Month, the Birmingham Public Library is hosting "The Last Slave Ship Survivor" beg...
10/22/2020
BPL Presents “The Last Slave Ship Survivor” Program on October 22

In celebration of 2020 Family History Month, the Birmingham Public Library is hosting "The Last Slave Ship Survivor" beginning at noon on Thursday, October 22, on BPL page. Descendants of Matilda McCrear, a survivor of the last slave ship who lived until 1940, will tell the story of one African American family dating back to slavery. Johnny Crear of Selma, the 83-year-old grandson of the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, learned of his Grandmother Matilda's story, including her fight for reparation compensation, thanks to research by Newcastle University UK expert Dr. Hannah Durkin.

Birmingham, Ala. - In celebration of 2020 Family History Month , the Birmingham Public Library is hosting "The Last Slave Ship Survivor" b...

Birmingham Public Library's Southern History Department is open by appointment. Call 205-226-3665 to schedule an appoint...
10/20/2020

Birmingham Public Library's Southern History Department is open by appointment. Call 205-226-3665 to schedule an appointment. The Archives also is open by appointment, 205-226-3630.

Ready to visit the Southern History Department again? We're open by appointment starting today! Just give us a call at 205-226-3665 to schedule yours!

10/20/2020
Avondale Library - Birmingham Public Library System

Today’s Tuesday Tidbit by Mrs Eve Jenkins Parker is a Science Snippet!
(Prerecorded September 2020) Thank you Mrs. Eve!
#avondalelibrarybplstorytime #bplavondalestorytime

Today’s Tuesday Tidbit is a Science Snippet!
(Prerecorded September 2020) Although Mrs. Eve has retired, she still has tidbits to share. Thank you Mrs. Eve!
#avondalelibrarybplstorytime #bplavondalestorytime

Looking for a safe family friendly spot to get free candy and goodie bags for your kids this Halloween? The Birmingham P...
10/19/2020
BPL Partners to Host Trunk or Treat October 31 at Central Library

Looking for a safe family friendly spot to get free candy and goodie bags for your kids this Halloween? The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with Leaders of Excellence and several other organizations to host a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 31, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. Make sure you wear your masks. Other organizations partnering with BPL in this Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat include the Birmingham Police Department, Miles College, Determined 2 Be Mentoring & Leadership Program, The Birmingham Barons, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Aspirations in Computing, Bama Health Foods, Town Square Realty, Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, Vital, Summit Media 98.7 FM, Better Basics, and the City of Birmingham. For details click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/bpl-leaders-of-excellence-partner-to.html

Looking for a safe family friendly spot to get free candy and goodie bags for your kids this Halloween? The Birmingham Public Library is pa...

On Tuesday you can listen to comedian Roy Wood Jr. and R&B singer Ruben Studdard read bedtime stories for a good cause.T...
10/19/2020
Bham celebs to read bedtime stories for a good cause

On Tuesday you can listen to comedian Roy Wood Jr. and R&B singer Ruben Studdard read bedtime stories for a good cause.The two celebrities plan to participate in “Bedtime Stories for a Better Birmingham,” a virtual fundraiser for Start the Adventure in Reading, a literacy organization that focuses on kids in elementary school. The 6:30 p.m. event features local notables -- including weatherman James Spann, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, former police chief Anntetta Nunn and Blaze, the mascot for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers

On Oct. 20, Roy Wood. Jr., Ruben Studdard and others will participate in an event to benefit Start the Adventure in Reading.

Join us & our partners for this Drive Thru Trunk or Treat
10/17/2020

Join us & our partners for this Drive Thru Trunk or Treat

October 31st, 2020 from 12pm-2pm
Leaders of Excellence will be partnering with Birmingham Public Library and several other amazing businesses for the Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat. Come by, bring your kids, get free candy, and goodies bags. Make sure you wear your mask‼️ Like, share, spread the word 🤗
#BirminghamPublicLibrary
#TrunkOrTreat
#DriveThru
#MasksUp
#Free
#GivingBack
#TogetherWeServe

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2100 Park Pl
Birmingham, AL
35203

General information

The Birmingham Public Library is comprised of 20 branches, open 946 hours for business. BPL's holdings include: 900,000 cataloged items; over 1 million pieces of microfilm; over 30,000,000 archival documents; 400,000 photographs; primary materials dating to the 1700s; and more than 100 online databases. BPL is the only public library in the state of Alabama that is a Patent and Trademark Library and is one of the oldest Federal Depository Libraries, designated in 1895.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00

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(205) 226-3610

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