Central Library-Downtown Location Of Birmingham Public Library To Close Today At 12:00 Noon

For Immediate Release - July 11, 2002

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- The Central Library-Downtown location of the Birmingham Public Library system located at 2100 Park Place will close today at 12:00 noon, due to an inoperable cooling tower. With highest regard for patron safety, it was decided by Ms. Barbara Sirmans, Director of the library, in conjunction with the Library Board of Directors and the Mayor’s Office to close the Central Library-Downtown location today. The library has been working with city technicians to repair the problem as quickly as possible. The Central Library-Downtown location will tentatively reopen on Monday, July 15th and resume normal operating hours.

This closing effects the Central Library-Downtown including the Linn-Henley Research Library only. All other branches of the Birmingham Public Library will remain open during normal operating hours. Patrons needing to return books during the next few days may do so at any branch location with no penalty.

The Birmingham Public Library and its 20 branch locations provide the public with the most current collections, as well as providing the most comprehensive research tools in the state. The Birmingham Public Library strives to inform visitors by hosting special programs year round, such as Brown Bag Lunch series and Alabama Bound, as well as children’s programs from toddlers to teenagers. These programs allow the public to meet and greet guest lecturers, musicians, authors and publishers. For more information regarding the Birmingham Public Library and a list of exciting, upcoming events, please visit www.bplonline.org or call 205.226.3600.