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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

    Gifts of a Wordsmith Workshop

    December 3, 2013 - December 8, 2015

    Introduction to Genealogy

    January 18 - December 20, 2015

    From Page to Stage: Play to Win – A Reader’s Theater Workshop for Children

    February 1, 2015

    On the Battlefield for Equality and Justice Exhibit

    February 1 - February 28, 2015

    Computer Class - Basic PC

    February 2, 2015

    Computer Class - Keyboarding

    February 2, 2015

    Learn How to Do Catalog Searches on African-American Authors and Titles

    February 2, 2015

    Database: Reference USA

    February 3, 2015

    Computer Class - Excel 2010 Basic Part 1

    February 3, 2015

    Computer Class - Excel 2010 Basic Part 2

    February 3, 2015

    Authors Expo and Book Fair

    February 7, 2015

    Computer Class - Word 2010 Basic Part 2

    February 9, 2015

    Database: Mango Online Language

    February 9, 2015

    Computer Class - Word 2010 Basic Part 1

    February 9, 2015

    Computer Class - Excel 2010 Advanced Part 1

    February 10, 2015

    Computer Class - Excel 2010 Advanced Part 2

    February 10, 2015

    Database: African-American Archive

    February 10, 2015

    1,2,3 Play With Me

    February 10 - March 10, 2015

    Black Heritage Genealogy Fair

    February 14, 2015

    How to Find Funding for Your Nonprofit

    February 16, 2015

    Computer Class - Word 2010 Advanced Part 1

    February 16, 2015

    Computer Class - Word 2010 Advanced Part 2

    February 16, 2015

    Learn the Basics About Patents

    February 16, 2015

    Computer Class - Basic PC

    February 17, 2015

    Computer Class - Keyboarding

    February 17, 2015

    The Life and Times of George Washington Carver

    February 18, 2015

    Computer Class - Basic Internet

    February 23, 2015

    Computer Class - Internet Searches

    February 23, 2015

    Downloadables: E-Books

    February 23, 2015

    Downloadables: Audiobooks

    February 23, 2015

    Job Searching Tips (with Jack Norris)

    February 24, 2015

    Find a Job Using Alabama's Joblink Database

    February 24, 2015

    Creating Cover Letters (Word 2010)

    February 24, 2015

    Creating Resumes (Word 2010)

    February 24, 2015

    Fun with Little-Known Black History Facts

    February 25, 2015

    Beyond the Basics Workshop - Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research

    February 28, 2015

    WORD UP! Annual Poetry Slam Competition for High School Students

    April 11, 2015

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy Workshop: Getting the Best From BPL's Databases

    April 25, 2015

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