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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

    Snap Circuit Science

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

    July 1, 2016

    Book-Film-Movie

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

    July 1 - July 8, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

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

    July 1, 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

    Teen Summer Movie

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

    July 5, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…SING!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and Smith Entertainment Inc

    July 5, 2016

    Hit a Home Run with the Negro Southern League Museum

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

    July 5, 2016

    In the Zone

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

    July 5, 2016

    Young Leadership Tuesday

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

    July 5 - July 19, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

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

    July 5, 2016

    Basic Crochet Class

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

    July 5 - July 26, 2016

    Lego Creators

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

    July 5, 2016

    Ready, Set...Science!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Pratt City Branch Library (BPL)

    July 5, 2016

    Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts

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

    July 5 - July 25, 2016

    Action Movies @ the Library!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library

    July 6 - July 13, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set...Whee!

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

    July 6, 2016

    Movie at the Library

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

    July 6 - July 27, 2016

    Ready, Set...Science!

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

    July 6, 2016

    Get in the Chemistry Game

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

    July 6, 2016

    Money Matters Workshop – Income, Savings, and Assets

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

    July 6, 2016

    Handle with Care: Preserving Your Family Papers and Photographs

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

    July 6, 2016

    It’s So Easy to Exercise!

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

    July 6, 2016

    It’s So Easy to Exercise!

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

    July 6, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…SING!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and Smith Entertainment Inc

    July 6, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 6, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Pratt City Branch Library (BPL)

    July 7, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

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

    July 7, 2016

    Guitar Pick Jewelry

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

    July 7, 2016

    Time for Tales

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

    July 7 - July 14, 2016

    Game Day Thursday

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

    July 7 - July 21, 2016

    Origami 101

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

    July 7, 2016

    Urban Fiction

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

    July 7, 2016

    Every House Has a History: Researching Birmingham Area Houses, Buildings, and Churches

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

    July 7, 2016

    Computer Class – Basic Internet

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

    July 7, 2016

    In the Zone

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

    July 7, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set...POP!

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

    July 7, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 7, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

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

    July 7, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

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

    July 7, 2016

    Get in the Chemistry Game

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

    July 7, 2016

    Ronald McDonald

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

    July 7, 2016

    Sushi and Spin Art

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

    July 7, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

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

    July 8, 2016

    Adaptations Movie Matinee

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

    July 10, 2016

    Play Ball!

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

    July 11, 2016

    Hiring Process for Jefferson County

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

    July 11, 2016

    Action Storytime

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

    July 11, 2016

    Hiring Process for Jefferson County

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

    July 11, 2016

    Get in the Game with Virtual Reality

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

    July 11, 2016

    Life in 1916

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

    July 11, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…SING!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and Smith Entertainment Inc

    July 11, 2016

    Tot Time

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

    July 11, 2016

    Fun with Devices

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

    July 11, 2016

    Family Fun Night

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

    July 11, 2016

    In the Zone

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

    July 12, 2016

    Introduction to Genealogy

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

    July 12, 2016

    Handle with Care: Preserving Your Family Papers and Photographs

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

    July 12, 2016

    Intro to Genealogy

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

    July 12, 2016

    Device Training - Downloadables

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

    July 12, 2016

    Paint Your Own T-Shirt

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

    July 12, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 12, 2016

    Patent Basic

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

    July 12, 2016

    Get into Action with the Birmingham Fire Department!

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

    July 12, 2016

    Downloadable: Device Training

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

    July 12, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set...Party!

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

    July 12, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

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

    July 12, 2016

    Ready, Set...Science!

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

    July 12, 2016

    Wonders of Weather

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

    July 12, 2016

    Book Bingo

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

    July 12, 2016

    Hit a Home Run with the Negro Southern League Museum

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

    July 13, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 13, 2016

    Paint Your Own Totes

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

    July 13, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 13, 2016

    It’s So Easy to Exercise!

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

    July 13, 2016

    Life in 1916

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

    July 13, 2016

    Book Bingo

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

    July 13, 2016

    Ronald McDonald Magic Show

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

    July 13, 2016

    Book Bingo

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

    July 14, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set...Celebrate!

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

    July 14, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

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

    July 14, 2016

    It’s So Easy to Exercise!

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

    July 14, 2016

    Computer Class – Microsoft Word

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

    July 14, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 15, 2016

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy Workshop - Let’s Talk About It: Oral History

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

    July 16, 2016

    Inglenook Library's Birthday Celebration

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

    July 18, 2016

    Ready! Set! Celebrate with Ronald McDonald!

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

    July 18, 2016

    In the Zone

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

    July 18, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…SING!

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library and

    July 18, 2016

    Every House Has A History: Researching Birmingham Area House, Buildings & Churches

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

    July 18, 2016

    Every House Has a History: Researching Birmingham Area Houses, Buildings, and Churches

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

    July 18, 2016

    Coloring for Adults

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

    July 18, 2016

    Life in 1916

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

    July 18, 2016

    End Game Teen Summer Party

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

    July 19, 2016

    Get in the Chemistry Game

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

    July 19, 2016

    Book Bingo

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

    July 19, 2016

    Family Night

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

    July 19, 2016

    Explore the Past with the Birmingham Public Library’s African-American History Online

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

    July 19, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

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

    July 19, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

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

    July 19, 2016

    Ronald McDonald

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

    July 20, 2016

    Sit and Be Fit

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

    July 20, 2016

    May Your Dreams Come True

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

    July 20, 2016

    Guitar Pick Jewelry

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

    July 20, 2016

    Books & Beads

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

    July 20, 2016

    Patent Basics

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

    July 20, 2016

    Computer Class – Basic PC

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

    July 21, 2016

    May Your Dreams Come True

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

    July 21, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

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

    July 21, 2016

    Ready, Set...Science!

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

    July 21, 2016

    Damsel in Defense

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

    July 22, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

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

    July 22, 2016

    End of Summer Reading Celebration

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

    July 22, 2016

    Belly Dancing for Beginners

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

    July 22, 2016

    Dolores Hydock

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

    July 26, 2016

    Family Movie Night

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

    July 26, 2016

    Party on a Stick

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

    July 27, 2016

    Computer Class – Advanced Microsoft Word

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

    July 28, 2016

    How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business

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

    July 28, 2016

    Percy Jackson Film Festival

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

    July 29, 2016

    Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts

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

    August 1 - August 29, 2016

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

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

    August 3, 2016

    Champion Changing Lives

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

    August 4 - August 25, 2016

    Beginning Quilting

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

    August 5, 2016

    Bards & Brews Open Mic

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

    August 5, 2016

    Body Changing

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

    August 7 - August 28, 2016

    7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data

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

    August 8, 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

    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

    Books & Beads

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

    August 17, 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