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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

    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

    Birmingham Public Library and the Birmingham Bar Foundation 2017 Student Mock Trial Program

    January 19 - March 16, 2017

    Another Perspective: Artwork by E. Bruce Phillips, Jr. Exhibit

    January 27 - February 26, 2017

    Steps to Starting Your Business

    February 6 - June 5, 2017

    Adult Knitting

    February 8 - May 24, 2017

    1-2-3 Play with Me

    February 14 - March 14, 2017

    Knitwise Tuesdays

    February 14 - May 16, 2017

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 1

    February 21, 2017

    Word 2010 Advanced Part 2

    February 21, 2017

    Researching Your House History

    February 21, 2017

    Foundation Directory Online

    February 21, 2017

    Find My Past

    February 22, 2017

    Downloadable Free E-books/Audio

    February 27, 2017

    Downloadable Device Training

    February 27, 2017

    Learning Express Library: Computer Skills Center

    February 28, 2017

    Patent Basics

    February 28, 2017

    Foundation Grants To Individuals

    February 28, 2017

    Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps Exhibit

    March 1 - April 30, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Your Credit Report

    March 1, 2017

    Basic PC

    March 1, 2017

    Keyboarding

    March 1, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Digital Dixie 2

    March 4, 2017

    Opening Reception for Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps Exhibit

    March 5, 2017

    Internet Safety

    March 6, 2017

    Basic Internet

    March 6, 2017

    Internet Safety

    March 6, 2017

    Basic PC

    March 7, 2017

    Keyboarding

    March 7, 2017

    PowerPoint 2010 Part 1

    March 8, 2017

    PowerPoint 2010 Part 2

    March 8, 2017

    Author Talk with Sydney Nathans – A Mind to Stay

    March 13, 2017

    Excel 2010 Basic Part 1

    March 13, 2017

    Excel 2010 Basic Part 2

    March 13, 2017

    Hiring Process For Jefferson County

    March 13, 2017

    Ferguson?s Career Guidance Center

    March 13, 2017

    Word 2010 Basic Part 1

    March 14, 2017

    Word 2010 Basic Part 2

    March 14, 2017

    Author Talk with Michael Fitzgerald – Reconstruction in Alabama

    March 20, 2017

    Roads That Start Somewhere and End Somewhere: How Alabama and the Nation Got its First Highways

    March 25, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Saving Through Tax Refunds

    April 5, 2017

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – How to Read and Interpret Maps of the Southeastern United States

    April 8, 2017

    Money Matters Workshop – Five Keys to Investing Success

    May 3, 2017

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

    June 24, 2017

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