The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) provides services to residents throughout the State of Alabama either directly or through their local public libraries.  There is at least one public library in all 67 counties in the State of Alabama.  To find the one closest to you, search our Public Library Listings.

The Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH) is responsible for meeting the reading and information needs of Alabama residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled.  These needs are met by providing special format materials and unique playback equipment to those who qualify for the services.  BPH clients also have access to downloadable books, magazines, and music through the National Library Service (NLS).   

A variety of Electronic Resources are available to Alabama residents for their educational or informational needs.  Many of the resources can be accessed from home (i.e. Alabama Virtual Library (AVL), Chilton Library,, Learning Express Library, and more).  Does your child need help with their homework after school?  Visit to receive free online tutoring from education professionals.  Do you have a professional certification test coming up?  Go to Learning Express Library for practice tests.  Is your vehicle making strange noises?  Maybe the Chilton Library can help.   

Interested in Alabama history or genealogy?  Want to know which books we have by an Alabama author?  Search our catalog to see what we have and ask your public library to request a book for you through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.  We will send the title to your public library which then passes it on to you.  Want to research your family history?  Visit your public library and use Ancestry Library Edition to help you get started.