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    Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    2100 Park Place
    Birmingham, AL 35203

    Phone: (205) 226-3600

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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...

    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 is one of the largest and most well-respected library systems in the southeast. Over the years, it has grown with the population and today serves a society diverse in interests, needs, and age. Scholars and self-learners remain drawn to the unique archival materials, the extensive genealogical materials, and the local and southern history resources, while students and other citizens expect current and broad-based reference information and up-to-date popular materials. The cooperative agreement that BPL shares with the other municipal public libraries in the county greatly increases the number of library materials available to any library member. In fact, the Jefferson County Library Cooperative is a model for how separate governments can work together to provide a public service across city boundaries.



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    Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 9am-8pm Wednesday - Saturday: 9am-6pm Sunday: 2-6pm


    Upcoming Events

    Introduction to Genealogy

    January 3 - December 20, 2016

    Teen Knitting

    February 3, 2016 - Ongoing

    New Ideal: New Works Exhibit by Merrilee Challiss

    May 7 - June 24, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

    May 31, 2016

    Steps to Starting Your Business

    June 6, 2016

    Basic PC

    June 6, 2016

    Keyboarding

    June 6, 2016

    Teens Engineer BHM / STEM-L

    June 7, 2016

    Gifts of a Wordsmith

    June 7, 2016

    It's So Easy to Exercise!

    June 11, 2016

    Hiring Process for Jefferson County

    June 13, 2016

    On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance!

    June 14, 2016

    Handle with Care: Preserving Your Family Papers and Photographs

    June 14, 2016

    Origami 101

    June 18, 2016

    Word 2010 Basic Part 1

    June 20, 2016

    Word 2010 Basic Part 1

    June 20, 2016

    Scales, Tails, and More!

    June 20, 2016

    Get in the Game...Paint

    June 21, 2016

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

    June 22, 2016

    Ready, Set...Science!

    June 27, 2016

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 1

    June 27, 2016

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 2

    June 27, 2016

    Play Ball!

    June 28, 2016

    Learn to Knit: Knitting Basics for Adults

    June 28, 2016

    Gifts of a Wordsmith

    July 5, 2016

    Hiring Process for Jefferson County

    July 11, 2016

    Device Training - Downloadables

    July 12, 2016

    Life in 1916

    July 13, 2016

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

    July 16, 2016

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

    July 18, 2016

    Patent Basics

    July 20, 2016

    How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business

    July 28, 2016

    Bards & Brews Open Mic

    August 5, 2016

    7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data

    August 8, 2016

    Bards & Brews Open Mic

    September 2, 2016

    Bards & Brews Poetry Slam

    October 7, 2016

    How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business

    October 27, 2016

    Bards & Brews Stories

    November 4, 2016

    7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data

    November 14, 2016

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