What Is Books-By-Mail?

Books-By-Mail is a unique service provided by the Birmingham Public Library and the Public Libraries in Jefferson County. This service is for library users who are unable to visit a library due to a permanent or temporary disability.

  • Participation is limited to Jefferson County residents.
  • You do not need a library card.
  • You may have 4 items checked out for 4 weeks.
  • You do not have to pay postage to return books.

How Does It Work?

Books-By-Mail can send large print books or books on CD. You can choose your reading interests, and we'll mail you the books in a returnable library bag. Have a special request? Let us know. When you're done with the books, mail them back. No postage necessary!

How Do I Return Books?

  • Place your materials in the returnable library mailing bag and zip the bag.
  • Turn the mailing label over so that the library's address is showing.
  • Give the mailing bag to your postal person.
  • No postage is necessary.

How Do I Apply?

  • Fill out the online form to request an application or call 205-226-3758.
  • You will receive an application in the mail.
  • Complete (fill out) the application and return it (postage free).

Will I Receive a Library Card?

Books-By-Mail is a limited service program. You won't receive a library card unless you apply for a regular library card. Contact us to find out more.

Whom Do I Contact For More Information?

  • Call Books-By-Mail: 205-226-3758 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Email:
  • Address: Books-By-Mail, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203-2744

Additional Resources Available


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Application Request Form

Fill out this form and you will receive an application for Books-By-Mail. After receiving the application form in the mail, fill it out and return in the mail. No postage required.

Books-by-Mail can only fill requests for residents of Jefferson County, AL

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Push "Finish" to complete the form.

You may also print this form out and mail it to: Books-by-Mail, Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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