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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

    Reading Between the Lines: Charles Brooks and the American Presidential Campaign Exhibit

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

    January 5 - February 26, 2016

    Basic Crochet Class

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

    January 5 - March 29, 2016

    Learn The Game of Chess

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

    January 7 - March 31, 2016

    Time for Tales

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

    January 14 - April 28, 2016

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and at Smithfield Branch Library (BPL)

    January 14 - April 15, 2016

    Words Are Our World

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

    January 16 - August 31, 2016

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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

    January 16 - April 9, 2016

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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

    January 19 - February 27, 2016

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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

    January 22 - March 7, 2016

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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

    January 22 - March 5, 2016

    Young Leadership Tuesday

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

    January 26 - February 23, 2016

    Game Day Friday

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

    January 29 - March 11, 2016

    Dream Catchers Program

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

    February 2 - February 16, 2016

    Storytime: African American Heritage Month

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

    February 2 - February 23, 2016

    Storytime: African American Heritage Month

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

    February 3 - February 24, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    February 3, 2016 - Ongoing

    Free Adult Computer Class - Basic Internet

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

    February 4 - February 18, 2016

    Storytime: African American Heritage Month

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

    February 5 - February 26, 2016

    Storytime: African American Heritage Month

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

    February 8 - February 22, 2016

    1-2-3 Play with Me

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

    February 9 - March 8, 2016

    1-2-3 Play with Me

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

    February 10 - March 9, 2016

    I Was A Civil Rights Kid: An Oral History About Birmingham, Alabama

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

    February 11, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    February 11, 2016

    1-2-3 Play with Me

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

    February 11 - March 10, 2016

    Movie and Popcorn

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

    February 11, 2016

    Free Adult Computer Class - Microsoft Word

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

    February 11 - February 25, 2016

    Black History Month Movie Showing

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

    February 13, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Bears to You!

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

    February 15, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - The Science of Sound

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

    February 15, 2016

    Databases for Genealogy

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

    February 15, 2016

    Family Search

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

    February 15, 2016

    Gifts of a Wordsmith

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

    February 16 - March 1, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    February 16, 2016

    Excel Basic 2010 Part 2

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

    February 16, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - The Science of Sound

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

    February 16, 2016

    Family Fun Night: Books & Ballet

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

    February 16, 2016

    Excel Basic 2010 Part 1

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

    February 16, 2016

    Active Living @ Your Library

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

    February 17, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - The Science of Sound

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

    February 17, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at East Lake Branch Library (BPL)

    February 17, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    February 17, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    February 18, 2016

    Brush, Floss, and Rinse

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

    February 18, 2016

    The Day George Crum Invented Potato Chips

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    February 19, 2016

    Common Threads II 2016: Our Quilts, Our Souls, Our Heritage

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

    February 19, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    February 19, 2016

    Healthy Soul Food Cooking with Chef E

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

    February 19, 2016

    Five Points West Regional Family Concert - The S.M.I.T.H. Family Band

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

    February 20, 2016

    Free Sunday Movie Matinee

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

    February 21, 2016

    Online Language Resources

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

    February 22, 2016

    BPL Database: Financial Ratings Series Online

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

    February 22, 2016

    Basic PC

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

    February 22, 2016

    Keyboarding

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

    February 22, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: It's a Pajama Party!

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

    February 22, 2016

    Guess Who Invented These Great Inventions? Scavenger Hunt

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    February 22, 2016

    Excel Advanced 2010 Part 1

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

    February 23, 2016

    Coloring For Adults

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

    February 23, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    February 23, 2016

    Excel Advanced 2010 Part 2

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

    February 23, 2016

    Celebrate Black History - The Harmon Family: A Photographic Journey

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

    February 24, 2016

    Active Living @ Your Library - Movie and Popcorn

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

    February 24, 2016

    Movie and Popcorn

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

    February 24, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    February 24, 2016

    African American Storytelling: Goin' Someplace Special

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    February 25, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    February 25, 2016

    Black History Month Bingo

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

    February 25, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

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

    February 25, 2016

    Wenonah High School Choir Presents Negro Spirituals

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

    February 29, 2016

    Downloadable: Device Training

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

    February 29, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: I Dig Good Books!

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

    February 29, 2016

    Downloadable: Free E-Books/Audio

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

    February 29, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    March 1, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

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

    March 1, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    March 2, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    March 3, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    March 3, 2016

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy - Nonpopulation Schedules: A Sensible Guide to the Rest of the Census

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

    March 5, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Magic of Threes

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

    March 7, 2016

    Estate Planning Basics - A Guide to Life Organization

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

    March 7, 2016

    Steps to Starting Your Business

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

    March 7, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    March 8, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    March 8, 2016

    Fly a Kite with Dr. Seuss

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

    March 8, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    March 9, 2016

    Computer Skills Development

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

    March 9, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    March 9, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

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

    March 9, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    March 10, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    March 10, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

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

    March 10, 2016

    Through The Eyes of Three Sisters

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and at Smithfield Branch Library (BPL)

    March 10, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    March 11, 2016

    Downton Abbey Celebration Tea Party

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

    March 12, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Pizza Pizza

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

    March 14, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

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

    March 15, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    March 15, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at East Lake Branch Library (BPL)

    March 15, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    March 16, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    March 17, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    March 17, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

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

    March 17, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    March 18, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Happy Easter

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

    March 21, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    March 22, 2016

    1-2-3 Play with Me

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

    March 22 - April 19, 2016

    1-2-3 Play with Me

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

    March 23 - April 20, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

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

    March 23, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    March 23, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    March 24, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    March 24, 2016

    Targeting Job Skills Success

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

    March 25, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Saint Patrick's Day Science

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

    March 28, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Going on Safari

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

    March 28, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

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

    March 29, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at East Ensley Branch Library (BPL)

    March 30, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    March 31, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    March 31, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    April 1, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Cinemagic! Hollywood's Best Movie Music

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

    April 1, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Falling for Mother Goose

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

    April 4, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    April 4, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    April 5, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    April 5, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    April 6, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    April 7, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    April 7, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Alice in Wonderland

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

    April 8, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    April 8, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Show and Tell

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

    April 11, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at East Ensley Branch Library (BPL)

    April 12, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    April 12, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    April 13, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    April 14, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    April 14, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Earth Day - Be Creative

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

    April 18, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    April 19, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    April 19, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    April 20, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    April 21, 2016

    Get Rhythm with John Scalici

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

    April 21, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Kids on the Block

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

    April 22, 2016

    Theatre UAB Presents Cinemagic! Hollywood's Best Movie Music

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and Theatre UAB at North Avondale Branch Library (BPL)

    April 22, 2016

    Tot Time with Mrs. Eve: Hoppy to be a Frog

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

    April 25, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    April 27, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    May 3, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    May 3, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    May 4, 2016

    Alabama 4H: Herp Journey

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

    May 5, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    May 5, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    May 10, 2016

    Teen Knitting

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

    May 11, 2016

    Steel City Hackers

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

    May 12, 2016

    Dynamic Education Adventures - Fizz, Boom, and WOW Show

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

    May 13, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    May 17, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    May 24, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    May 31, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

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

    June 7, 2016