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Linn-Henley Research Library (Photo: Chris Pruitt)

Birmingham Public Library

2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

United States

(205) 226-3600; lwilsonbham.lib.al.us

Type: Library

Web site: http://www.bplonline.org/locations/central/

Events: http://www.bplonline.org/programs/ (updated February 2009)

Catalog URL: http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/

Elsewhere: lib-web-cats (Library Technology Guides)

Twitter account: @bpl

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: This is the main public library for Birmingham, serving branch libraries and affiliated libraries throughout Jefferson County. It occupies two downtown buildings joined by a pedestrian bridge.

The East Building, built in 1984, houses the main library, an art gallery, computers, and a second-hand bookstore. There is reserved parking for library patrons in the lot behind the building. The atrium has vending machines.

The Linn-Henley Building, built in 1927 and renovated in 1985, houses the non-circulating research library and archives. The research library focuses on southern history and genealogy. The archives hold more than 14,000 linear feet of primary documents dating from the 18th century to the present. The Rucker Agee Map Collection consists of printed maps of the American South from the 16th century on.

When you enter either building, a security guard may briefly inspect any large bag or backpack.

The BPL has been a free public library since 1908, governed by a municipal board since 1913. The entire collection was destroyed when a fire consumed City Hall in 1925. The library reopened in 1927 in what is now the Linn-Henley Building. The BPL has shared materials with county libraries since 1978, adopting a unified catalog in 1985.

During the prolonged Jefferson County fiscal crisis, including municipal bankruptcy in 2011, the library has faced severe budget cuts and has appealed for donations. Three branch libraries have closed since 2010. After an April 2011 tornado destroyed the Pratt City branch library, its collection and community archive were moved to the main library until the branch was rebuilt in 2014.

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The county's prolonged fiscal crisis has delayed overdue renovations. In 2015 the escalators in the main building stopped working; they will not be repaired. There are two elevators, but one is out of order. The fire stairs are open all the time now. They are somewhat steep.
January 2016 by Muscogulus
The Linn-Henley Research Library is an outstanding resource for southern history and genealogy, located in the original city library building, joined to the main library by an elevated walkway. You cannot check out books from the Linn-Henley collection. The highly decorated reading room is a great place to study. Archives are in the basement.
February 2011 by Muscogulus

Upcoming events

Nov
17
Wordsmiths: Poetry Workshop for Adults (Saturday, November 17 at 3:30pm)
A workshop designed for poets to participate as much or as little as they wish. While workshop leaders choose the program, all will include opportunities for poets to share their work with their peers and, if they wish, receive feedback and suggestions. Do bring copies of your poems, but do not feel that you must hand them out or invite comments. Cost: Free and open to the public. Room: First Floor Conference Room. Feel free to read... or just listen and enjoy! Participants will hone their lyrical skills with the help of instructors Tina Mozelle Braziel, Alicia Clavell, and Barry Marks. “The creative atmosphere and spirit of community that the Birmingham Public Library provides is the perfect place for workshop participants from all levels to work on their writing in a safe, friendly environment,” Clavell said. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
26
Create205 Learning Lab: Open Lab Dayz (Monday, November 26 at 3pm)
Hang out with your friends or record your own rap. Code a robot or power your own lamp. Dream. Create. Inspire at the Birmingham Public Library Create205 lab. Library: Central Library. Category: Arts & Crafts. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact: Caitlin Jackson at cbjackson@bham.lib.al.us or 226-3655. Room/Department: Create205 Learning Lab, East Building, 2nd floor. Monday, November 26, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
27
Create205 Learning Lab: Open Lab Dayz (Tuesday, November 27 at 3pm)
Hang out with your friends or record your own rap. Code a robot or power your own lamp. Dream. Create. Inspire at the Birmingham Public Library Create205 lab. Library: Central Library. Category: Arts & Crafts. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact: Caitlin Jackson at cbjackson@bham.lib.al.us or 226-3655. Room/Department: Create205 Learning Lab, East Building, 2nd floor. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
28
BPL Database – Careers, College, and Financial Aid (Wednesday, November 28 at 10:30am)
A staff member from the Business, Science, and Technology Department will demonstrate how to navigate the library databases that can be used to help you investigate careers, plan for college, and search for financial aid. The databases that will be covered include Career Cruising, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, and LearningExpress Library. Library: Central Library. Category: Business & Finance. Career & Employment. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Adults. Cost: Free but registration is required. Registration: Register online or call 205-226-3680. Room/Department: Linn-Henley Research Library/Training Center/4th floor. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
28
Create205 Learning Lab: Open Lab Dayz (Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm)
Hang out with your friends or record your own rap. Code a robot or power your own lamp. Dream. Create. Inspire at the Birmingham Public Library Create205 lab. Library: Central Library. Category: Arts & Crafts. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact: Caitlin Jackson at cbjackson@bham.lib.al.us or 226-3655. Room/Department: Create205 Learning Lab, East Building, 2nd floor. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
29
Create205 Learning Lab: Open Lab Dayz (Thursday, November 29 at 3pm)
Hang out with your friends or record your own rap. Code a robot or power your own lamp. Dream. Create. Inspire at the Birmingham Public Library Create205 lab. Library: Central Library. Category: Arts & Crafts. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact: Caitlin Jackson at cbjackson@bham.lib.al.us or 226-3655. Room/Department: Create205 Learning Lab, East Building, 2nd floor. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Nov
30
Create205 Learning Lab: Open Lab Dayz (Friday, November 30 at 3pm)
Hang out with your friends or record your own rap. Code a robot or power your own lamp. Dream. Create. Inspire at the Birmingham Public Library Create205 lab. Library: Central Library. Category: Arts & Crafts. Classes & Workshops. Computers & Technology. Audience: Teens. Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact: Caitlin Jackson at cbjackson@bham.lib.al.us or 226-3655. Room/Department: Create205 Learning Lab, East Building, 2nd floor. Friday, November 30, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. (Muscogulus)… (more)

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