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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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    Admission:

     Free


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


    Upcoming Events

    Teen Knitting

    February 3, 2016 - Ongoing

    Wordsmiths: Poetry Workshop for Adults

    October 4, 2016 - December 5, 2017

    Wordsmiths: Poetry Workshop for Adults

    October 15, 2016 - December 16, 2017

    Introduction to Genealogy

    January 10 - December 12, 2017

    Steps to Starting Your Business

    February 6 - June 5, 2017

    Adult Knitting

    February 8 - May 24, 2017

    Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt Exhibit

    May 11 - June 25, 2017

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 1

    May 22, 2017

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 2

    May 22, 2017

    Hoopla

    May 23, 2017

    Google Docs

    May 23, 2017

    Celebrate the Start of Summer Reading with the Magic of Tommy Johns

    June 5, 2017

    Help Craft a Better World

    June 6, 2017

    See the World with Movies @ the Library!

    June 7 - July 12, 2017

    Build It: Scales, Tails, and More!

    June 12, 2017

    Build with Legos

    June 13, 2017

    Let's Build a Better Storytime

    June 19, 2017

    Build a Better World – Use Your Creativity!

    June 20, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – One for the Record Books: The English Census

    June 24, 2017

    Build a Better City

    June 26, 2017

    Build a Better Game Controller!

    June 27, 2017

    Let's Build a Better Storytime

    July 3, 2017

    Build It: Drum Roll Please!

    July 11, 2017

    Finish the Summer with Ronald McDonald!

    July 17, 2017

    Build a Better You – Dance!

    July 18, 2017

    Harry Potter Film Festival

    July 29, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Mind Your Own (Family) Business

    August 12, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Family Tree DNA Services and Website

    September 9, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Ancestry.com

    September 23, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Google Your Peeps

    October 28, 2017

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