Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Work No.: (205) 226-3746
Cell No. : (205) 568-0067
a: 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

BPL Helping With Virtual Learning – Over 900 New Student Library Cards Issued

Birmingham, Ala. - The Birmingham Public Library is helping metro area schools assist their students who will be taking classes virtually from home this fall.
Librarians at BPL locations across the city have been receiving phone calls from schools whose students are in need of library cards. BPL has also seen a dramatic jump in requests for online books as well as regular books as they help school systems on their student reading lists for the fall.

“As schools start to go back, the Central Library Circulation staff has been very busy issuing cards so students can have full access to our electronic resources,” said Jiemin Fan, Head of Circulation at Downtown Library. We have processed 909 library cards so far.”

Instead of sending traditional cards, BPL staffers have been assigning students virtual library cards, an example of how BPL has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If any other schools or patrons desire assistance from BPL for library cards, call (205) 226-3601 or email

About BPL The Birmingham Public Library’s mission is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 131 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast. For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, go to Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL.
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