Birmingham Public Library

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Birmingham Public Library
Linn-Henley Research Library, part of the Central Library of the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] [2]


Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203-2744

Telephone:[2] Genealogy, and Southern History 205-226-3665; Government Documents 205-226-3620.

Hours and holidays:[3]

  • Central Library hours: Monday-Tuesday 9-8; Wednesday-Saturday 9-6; Sunday 2-6.
  • Hours of Archives Department: Monday-Friday 9-6.
  • Holiday schedule.

Directions, map, and public transportation:

  • I-59/20 to 22nd Street exit. Travel south to Park Place and turn right. Library on right.[4]
  • Google Map
  • Only 4 or 5 blocks from the hub area of all buses, the closest stop to the Central Library is BJCTA Bus Route 23 North Birmingham.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Genealogical databases, bibliographies, local indexes, obituaries, family files, federal-state-county censuses, cemetery transcripts, passenger arrival lists, classes, how to request copies by mail, pathfinder, African American genealogy, American Indians, heraldry and peerage, Southern history local, county, state and regional histories, genealogy, geography, newspapers, and folklore in manuscripts, books, periodicals, and databases including Caribbean, and map collections, and a rare book collections about early Americana, Civil War and other military records, Alabama county records, Alabama coal mine fatalities 1898-1938, Alabama Episcopal Church Registers, Alabama Jewish history, deed-will-administrations indexes, naturalization indexes, city directories, and researchers for hire.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Make an appointment and bring photo-I.D. to see rare books.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Birmingham Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, local government files, newspapers, maps, church records, Civil War soldiers, photos, publications, historical quarterly, 1867 voter database, World War I Goldstar database, vertical files, personal history surname file, and AL city directories inventory.
  • National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ask a Librarian" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Contact" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012).
  3. "Locations and Hours" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012)
  4. "Central Library" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012).
  5. "Genealogy" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012), and "Library resources" at Birmingham Public Library (accessed 28 August 2012).