Computer Resources at BPL
Just walk in to any Birmingham Public Library and you will find the door to
Enter that door and you will have access to a world of information that will
supply you with the key to your future.
The door to your future is TECHNOLOGY!
The key to your future is KNOWLEDGE!
The Birmingham Public Library provides leading edge technology to all of our
patrons and to the general public.
In addition to Internet access, you will find such offerings as Microsoft
office applications including Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and desktop
publishing applications such as Publisher.
Our library catalog offers you the holdings of every public library in
Jefferson County, Alabama and you have instant access to a host of
by way of JCLC and the AVL.
BPL Central and all of the Branch Libraries have high speed Internet
connections and computers dedicated to providing access to the Internet and to
most all of the media products within our repertoire.
Free wireless access
to the Internet via wireless fidelity or "Wi-Fi" is available in several
departments at the Central Library. These departments are: Arts, Literature and
Sports, Business, Science and Technology, Fiction, Government Documents, Social
Sciences, and Southern History.
BPL Central has a large fully staffed
training facility that conducts both public and staff training on many of
the locally available applications including Web based training on several
applications as well. Each branch is capable of conducting similar training on a
Birmingham Public Library is proud to be one of the largest and most
technologically advanced libraries in the United States and is proud to have the
ability to provide you with the best access to information and resources
Wireless at BPL
access to the Internet via wireless fidelity or "Wi-Fi" is available in several
departments at the Central Library: Arts, Literature and Sports, Business,
Science and Technology, Fiction, Government Documents, Social Sciences, and
Southern History. Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham,Springville Road
and West End also have free wireless available.
Patrons may access the Internet via "hot spots" at the library using their own laptop
computers or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Patrons need to provide their
own equipment, but do not have to use any special codes or passwords to access
the Internet. They can simply turn on their laptop or PDA to connect to the
The Wi-Fi connection is operational whenever the libraries are open. While using this
service inside the libraries, patrons must adhere to the same BPL computer and
Internet policy as those using Library computers. In addition, the Library
recommends Wi-Fi users take appropriate security precautions when using this