April 7, 2020

As of 4 p.m. on April 7, all Alabama public libraries have closed due to the COVID-19 crisis with the following two exceptions:

Name

Services Limited to:

Pending Closure

Columbiana

Open Mon. - Fri. (9 am - 1 pm) with limited access.

April 6, 2020

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) recently assembled a special LibGuide for parents, students, and teachers on using Homework Alabama, the service that offers free homework help, tutoring, and test prep for Alabama's K-12 students and adult learners.

This guide was assembled by APLS reference staff includes essential information to getting started with homeworkalabama.org.

Homework Alabama - learning from home

April 6, 2020

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) has extended its closure until at least April 30 due to heightened concerns over the novel coronavirus and in following Stay at Home orders from Gov. Kay Ivey. All public libraries are encouraged to email their library consultants any questions or concerns during this time of closure. The APLS helpdesk is also available to answer any computer questions you may have.

Additionally, APLS is making the following recommendations for our public libraries:

Stay at Home

March 30, 2020

Due to heightened concerns over the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) has extended the date of remaining closed until at least April 17. All public libraries are encouraged to email their library consultants any questions or concerns during this time of closure. The APLS helpdesk is also available to answer any computer questions you may have.

Additionally, APLS is making the following recommendations for our public libraries:

COVID-19

March 25, 2020

At-home access to Ancestry Library Edition is availble to Alabamians for a very limited time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

To gain access, you must login to an APLS secure page before proceeding to Ancestry Library Edition.

Please email APLS staff at reference@apls.state.al.us with ALE access in the email subject line for detailed instructions on how to access this free, valuable resource.

March 23, 2020

APLS staff are continually developing and updating LibGuides with up-to-date information related to the coronavirus pandemic. To date, there are three guides: (1) COVID-19 Resources, (2) Family Quarantine Resource Guide, and (3) Resources Available When Your Library Is Closed.

March 18, 2020

The Alabama Virtual Library will continue operate and provide support as normal during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need technical support or emergency access to AVL, please call the AVL Help Desk at 256-971-7487 or 1-800-338-8320.

Alabama Virtual Library banner

March 16, 2020

Due to heightened concerns over the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is closed until at least April 6. All public libraries are encouraged to email their library consultants any questions or concerns during this time of closure. The APLS helpdesk is also available to answer any computer questions you may have.

Additionally, APLS is making the following recommendations for our public libraries:

Coronavirus

Feb. 6, 2020

Attention Public Library Directors: The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) will host a special administrators' meeting at our facility in Montgomery on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. APLS invites all public library directors statewide to attend this special meeting, either in-person or by video conference. For more information, please call 1-800-723-8459.