The 10 Best Libraries in Alabama!

All across the United States, libraries remain as important community institutions. The great libraries of Alabama serve as community gathering spaces—a place for volunteer events, after-school programs, research, and much more. Inside the walls of these libraries, you’ll find just about any piece of literature you could think of. From historical documents to classic novels, check out the 10 best libraries in Alabama. 

1. Ben May Main Library, Mobile, AL

This massive library has no shortage of selection or services for visitors of all ages. For starters, you can email your print jobs and have them waiting for you when you arrive. They have children's story time and a variety of educational workshops for kids and teens. One of their crowning jewels is their 3D printer, which is available for public use—go see it in action.

2. Tuscaloosa Public Library, Tuscaloosa, AL

No library in Alabama is more active in their communities than the Tuscaloosa Public Library. They have a wealth of free resources available to the public, including courses and online learning, free music, digital magazines, and homework help. They also offer a unique printing service that lets you print your documents from your smartphone, mobile device, or even from home. 

3. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL

Founded in 1818, this is Alabama's oldest continuously operating library. Its historical significance is everywhere you turn, and even offers heritage services to help you learn more about your own family history. And even though the building is old, there's plenty of modern technology and services to be found inside.

4. North Shelby Library, Birmingham, AL

The beautiful building itself is reason enough to visit, but it's what's inside that really counts. This place is exactly what a good Public Library should be Dash a quiet place to study or work while surrounded by seemingly infinite resources like books, magazines, Blu-ray movies, and other services. They also feature of generous variety of E-Resources that you can access from the comfort of your own home if you have a library card.

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5. Pintlala Branch Library, Hope Hull, AL

This hometown library has certainly upgraded its services and offerings over the years, but it still retains the old fashioned family friendly service you expect from a library. The librarians here really go out of the way to make sure you have a good experience and find the necessary resources you're looking for. Because this library is part of a much larger system, getting books and resources from other branches usually a breeze.

6. Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, Birmingham, AL

The central branch is one of 20 libraries in the Birmingham library system, with roots dating back into the late 1800s. Fans love the fact that this library is open every day of the week. It's a great place to sit and work, study, or learn something new. 

7. Phenix City - Russell County Library, Phenix City, AL

From stories to crafts to plenty of children's books, there's no and to the delights you'll find for your kids here. This library is highly dedicated to the younger generations, helping to ensure they have plenty of books, magazines, music, and other resources to fuel their interests. From yoga sessions to computer classes to movie nights and more, this is hands-down the least expensive place for entertainment in the city.

8. Gadsden Public Library, Gadsden, AL

Digital lending, genealogy services, continuing education courses, and more—this library is all about serving public interests, even those that go beyond the books. If you have a library card here, you can access an abundance of resources online from the comfort of your own home or anywhere else. The main branch is open every day except Sunday, giving you plenty of time to take care of business.

9. Pelham Public Library, Pelham, AL

This Library will soon be reopening in its new location, which will be bigger and better to serve the public. They're highly focused on Children's Services, offering story time, workshops, and other activities to stimulate learning, growth, and development. For teens, they have things like movie nights and video game tournaments. Adults enjoy the book club, free computer classes, and a seemingly infinite number of books to choose from. 

10. Albert L. Scott Library Alabaster, AL

The Alabaster city library is the best place to go for free internet access and over 300 community programs. You can always access your library account online, and even call to renew your items by phone and save a trip to the library. They also offer a variety of computer classes to help you become more technologically savvy. 

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