Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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The Smithfield Branch Library first opened in 1918 as the Booker T. Washington Library. It was one of the state's first libraries for black Alabamians. The branch library was located in three leased rooms of the Masonic Temple Building at 4th Avenue North and 17th Street . It was not until 1956 that the first Smithfield Library Branch building was dedicated. It holds an important place in the city's history, being the first building specifically built to hold a library for black residents of Birmingham.

Virtual Tour

Smithfield Library


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1 8th Ave W
Birmingham, Alabama 35204-3724
(205) 324-8428

  • From I-59/20 take Arkadelphia (US 78) exit (#123).
  • Travel south on Arkadelphia Road to traffic light adjacent to Birmingham-Southern College & McCoy United Methodist.
  • Turn left at 8th Avenue West.
  • Go to traffic light at intersection of 8th Avenue West & Center St.
  • Library on right.

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