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Birmingham News Archive

The Birmingham News was launched in March 1888 as The Evening News and in 1895 became known as The Birmingham News. From world, national, state and local news to business, culture, technology, religion, style, health, and more, the paper provides news coverage and insightful commentary to the people living in Alabama's largest metropolitan area. Date Range: (4/27/1993 - Current)
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Meeting Room Reservation

In accordance with the Library Bill of Rights, the primary purpose of library meeting rooms is to serve the needs of library-sponsored programs and services, and such functions shall always have priority. Otherwise, priority for use of the meeting rooms will be given to (1) Friends of the Library meetings or programs, and (2) City of Hoover meetings and functions. The Hoover Public Library provides meeting room space when available for use by Hoover community groups and organizations whose goals are civic and educational only. Each application will be reviewed and evaluated individually. The Board may examine the groups past history, goals and purposes to ensure equitable use. Use of the meeting room facilities is subject to the rules and regulations established by the Library Board of Trustees.

Make changes to a currently held reservation by calling 444-7888.

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Wireless Hotspot

Relax and enjoy free wireless internet access anywhere in our library. Wireless printing is available using our SmartAlec service. Use the following web address at and sign up for an account. Upload documents from your devices anywhere and pick them up the library. Prints are 10¢ for Black and White and 50¢ color.

Free Online Classes

Knowledge is power. Why not learn something new today? Universal Class™ offers hundreds of affordable online classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic. Join us today, and let's start learning together. (Hoover Residents Only)
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Computer Classes

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Free to Hoover residents with a library card! Kanopy streams thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.
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Request an Item

To request items not found in the catalog, there are two things that you can do.

1.Request an item to be purchased.

2. Go to the Jefferson County Interlibrary Loan page where you can request an item to be borrowed from outside of the Jefferson County library system.

Reference USA

ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research! Offering a full-service platform, ReferenceUSA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.
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Homework Alabama

Alabama's Free Live online homework help service offers free homework help from subject specialists.Available Sunday - Thursday from 3pm until 10 pm
Free Tutoring for: Math - Science - Social Studies - English
Grades K3-12, College Intro, and Adult LearnerNow K-College can now access the service on Fridays and Saturdays, too! 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m, seven days per week. Adult learners and job seekers have even more availability with the new 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., seven days per week hours.

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Best Sellers Club (Book My Favorites)

The Books You Want… Before You Know You Want Them! Check out the Fiction Department’s automatic reserve service – “Book My Favorites”. Complete a “Book My Favorites” form telling us the authors whose new books you want to read. If one of the authors releases a new hardcover fiction title, we will automatically reserve it for you. You won’t have to remember to come in or call. While we can’t guarantee how near the top of the list you’ll be each time, it’s one less thing you’ll have to do! Your membership in the “Book My Favorites” program will be effective for any new books released after we receive your request.

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Photo Gallery

Take a look at photos from our various programs and events. If you see a good photo of yourself at one of our events, feel free to download a large version or have it printed directly from our gallery service provider.


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Learning Express Library

Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
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Email a Librarian

Librarians have answers! Our Nonfiction Department will answer your questions as promptly as possible. Stop by for a visit or, for immediate service, call 205.444.7840, fax 205.444.7878 or email us your questions using the form below.

Laptops for Checkout Inside the Library

The Technology Hub has laptops for checkout within the library. These PCs have access to the internet, Microsoft Office 2007 and are connected to a wireless printer. These laptops can be checked out and used in the library until 15 minutes before close. In order to check out a laptop you have to have a Government issued ID and a library card that allows you to check out materials. You must owe $5 or less in order to check out items. Call 205.444.7747 for more details.