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    Birmingham Public Library

    2100 Park Place
    Birmingham , AL 35203
    (205) 226-3600

    Website: bplonline.org/


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    The Birmingham Public Library was established in 1886 as an adjunct of the city's public schools. John Herbert Phillips, then superintendent of the public school system, set up a library in a room adjoining his office, and this particular library grew over several decades. Finally, in 1913, a public library board was established, and the City of Birmingham assumed responsibility for funding the institution. From humble but hopeful beginnings...

    The Birmingham Public Library was established in 1886 as an adjunct of the city's public schools. John Herbert Phillips, then superintendent of the public school system, set up a library in a room adjoining his office, and this particular library grew over several decades. Finally, in 1913, a public library board was established, and the City of Birmingham assumed responsibility for funding the institution. From humble but hopeful beginnings in a room not much bigger than a closet, the Birmingham Public Library concluded the 20th century as one of the largest and most well-respected library systems in the southeast. In 1998 holdings amounted to more than a million books and non-book items including audio and video recordings and computer files, more than 2,500 current periodical subscriptions and over 3000 titles in periodical back files, more than a million government documents in paper and microforms, and system-wide access to the Internet in every location. Annual circulation of approximately 1.7 million checkouts is matched by an equal number of materials being used in the libraries and through electronic access. Birmingham Public Library accounts for 46% of the circulation in the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, which posts a combined circulation of almost 3.7 million items checked out annually.

    The mission of the Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life long learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment.

    Library Facilities

    19 separate locations
    870 hours per week open for business
    368,000 total square feet
    Public spaces for meetings and exhibits
    Systemwide service from all outlets

    Library Holdings

    900,000 cataloged items
    Over 1 million pieces of microfilm
    Over 30,000,000 archival documents (14,000 linear feet)
    400,000 photographs
    Primary materials dating to the 1700s
    More than 100 online databases
    Only public library in the state that is a Patent and Trademark Library
    One of the oldest Federal Depository Libraries, designated in 1895


     

     

    Upcoming Events

    Birmingham Public Library

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library

    July 20, 2015 - Ongoing

    Adult Nonfiction Book Club

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    September 15, 2015 - September 20, 2016

    Introduction to Genealogy

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    January 3 - December 20, 2016

    Words Are Our World

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Birmingham Regional Library (BPL)

    January 16 - August 31, 2016

    Teen Knitting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    February 3, 2016 - Ongoing

    The Afterthoughts

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    March 15 - December 20, 2016

    Grubdown

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    July 2 - July 30, 2016

    Body Changing

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    July 3 - July 31, 2016

    Movie at the Library

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Woodlawn Branch Library (BPL)

    July 6 - July 27, 2016

    Party on a Stick

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Five Points West Regional Library (BPL)

    July 27, 2016

    How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    July 28, 2016

    Boost Your Sales

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    July 28, 2016

    Computer Class – Advanced Microsoft Word

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Five Points West Regional Library (BPL)

    July 28, 2016

    Percy Jackson Film Festival

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    July 29, 2016

    Keyboarding

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 1, 2016

    Basic PC

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 1, 2016

    Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 1 - August 29, 2016

    Word 2010 Basic Part 1

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 2, 2016

    Word 2010 Basic Part 2

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 2, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 3, 2016

    Excel 2010 Basic Part 2

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 3, 2016

    Excel 2010 Basic Part 1

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 3, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 5, 2016

    Body Changing

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 7 - August 28, 2016

    BPL Database: Career Cruising

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 8, 2016

    7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 8, 2016

    Hiring Process for Jefferson County

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 8, 2016

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 1

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 9, 2016

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 2

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 9, 2016

    Football 101 for Non-Players: Learning to Talk the Talk...or at Least Understand It

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 9, 2016

    Excel 2010 Advanced Part 2

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 10, 2016

    Excel 2010 Advanced Part 1

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 10, 2016

    Meet James Spann

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 10, 2016

    Adaptations Movie Matinee

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL)

    August 14, 2016

    MS PowerPoint Part 1

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 15, 2016

    MS PowerPoint Part 2

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 15, 2016

    Basic PC

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 16, 2016

    Keyboarding

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 16, 2016

    Books & Beads

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL)

    August 17, 2016

    Family Bible Records Preservation Workshop

    Presented by Lily of the Cahaba and at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 21, 2016

    Downloadable: Device Training

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 22, 2016

    Downloadable: Ebooks/Audio

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 22, 2016

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Jump Into The Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 27, 2016

    Estate Planning – A Guide to Life Organization

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at West End Branch Library (BPL)

    August 31, 2016

    Bards & Brews Open Mic

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    September 2, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    September 2, 2016

    Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    September 6 - September 26, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Risk and Protection

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    September 7, 2016

    Books & Beads

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL)

    September 21, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Family Money Skills

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    October 5, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    October 7, 2016

    Bards & Brews Poetry Slam

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    October 7, 2016

    Books & Beads

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL)

    October 19, 2016

    How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    October 27, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – What Every Woman Should Know About Money

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    November 2, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    November 4, 2016

    Bards & Brews Stories

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    November 4, 2016

    7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    November 14, 2016

    Books & Beads

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL)

    November 16, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    December 2, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Protecting Yourself Against Targeted Fraud

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    December 7, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Dealing With Debt

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    January 4, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    January 6, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Where to Invest Your College Money

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    February 1, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    February 3, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Your Credit Report

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    March 1, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    March 3, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Saving Through Tax Refunds

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    April 5, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    April 7, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Five Keys to Investing Success

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    May 3, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    May 5, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    June 2, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    July 7, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    August 4, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    September 1, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    October 6, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    November 3, 2017

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL)

    December 1, 2017