Library Resources
Library Cards, Borrowing and Renewing
Find Books, and Materials
Local Information and History
  • Archives
    Collections of government records, business records, maps, photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and other primary material documenting the history and development of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the surrounding area of Alabama known as the Birmingham District.
  • Digital Collections
    Photographs, books, magazines, newspapers, yearbooks and  maps.
  • Genealogy Resources
    Extensive collections of genealogically relevant material, including the Southern history collection.
  • Government Documents
    Collection of documents and publications issued by federal, state, and local (Jefferson County and Birmingham) governments.
  • Newspapers
    From Birmingham, Alabama and around the country
  • Cartography Collection
    Contains original printed maps from the sixteenth century forward with a primary concentration on Birmingham and Alabama.
Coloring Books and Coloring Pages
Coloring Birmingham
Library Services
Interlibrary Loan
  • Books by Mail
    A service to residents of Jefferson County, Alabama, who are unable to go to the public library in person.
  • Best Sellers Club
    A program to provide quick access to new releases from best selling authors.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan (ILL) acquires books, photocopies of non-circulating materials (such as magazine articles), and government publications not already owned by the public libraries of Jefferson County for library patrons.
  • Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
    This service brings special format reading materials, playback equipment and other library resources to qualifying users. Click above link for more details. See also the Books-By-Mail program (above) which works in conjunction with the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled to provide said materials and access.

    To contact the Birmingham Public Library directly, use 711 providing them with the BPL main phone number of (205)226-3600.

    For more services and access information, the following contact points are available:
    Alabama Relay, 205-370-6037
    Alabama Telecommunications Access Program, 205-328-3989
    T-Mobile Accessibility
Books & Reviews
best sellers club
Books For Sale
Books for Sale By BPL
  • Book Store
    Friends of the Library Book Store sells used books, magazines, selected media, and book bags all nominally priced. Proceeds assist in funding library programs.
Selling Books to BPL
  • Authors and Books
    Information about selling books to the Birmingham Public Library including guidelines for local authors and small presses.
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