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Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference Bank contains biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images. It contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, including all the articles from all volumes of Current Biography, the World Author Series, Nobel Prize Winners, World Artists, World Film Directors, American Reformers, and numerous biographical books on musicians and composers throughout history.


Did You Know?

The Birmingham Public Library wants to make tax season as painfree as possible for you. To help you maneuver through all those forms and figures, we provide forms (paper and online resources) at all branches and free tax preparation assistance at selected branches. For more information, visit our Tax Assistance and Preparation page.



Be sure to visit your favorite Birmingham Public Library branch during National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012. If you have ever researched a paper, checked out a bestseller, used a computer, discovered an old photograph, or attended a special program, you know what a great resource your library is every day of the year. To celebrate National Library Week, we are providing a coupon good for $5 to pay your overdue charges. To get a coupon, pick up the JCLC publication The Reader at any branch or access The Reader online to print one.


West End Branch Library, 1941.
West End Branch Library, 1941.

West End Branch Library-100 Years

The West End Branch of the Birmingham Public Library is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. An all-day reception will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the West End Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The first West End Branch Library became part of the Birmingham Public Library on April 1, 1912, when the town of West End was incorporated into the city of Birmingham. West End Branch then became the third branch in the Birmingham Public Library system. ...learn more

Molley Mooney stirring a pot while two small children watch, Gee's Bend, Alabama, 1931-1940. From BPL Digital Collections.
Molley Mooney stirring a pot while two small children watch, Gee's Bend, Alabama, 1931-1940. From BPL Digital Collections.

BPL Assistant Archivist Kelsey Bates
Publishes Article on Gee’s Bend

The world knows Gee’s Bend, Alabama, for the famous quilts made by many of the women in the community. But long before Gee’s Bend became a phenomenon—the subject of nonfiction books, children’s books and at least one novel, major museum exhibitions, a stage drama, television documentaries and a marketing campaign with quilt images on postcards and coffee mugs—the Birmingham Public Library Archives helped the residents of the community document their history in their own words. ...learn more


Southern History Department Partners
with the
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
to Provide After-School Programming

Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) Southern History Department recently completed a month-long series of after-school programs at Birmingham City Hudson Middle and Green Acres Middle schools. The programs were part of the Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership (BCAP) headed by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). BCAP seeks to provide quality after-school programming by connecting local cultural institutions such as BPL, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the McWane Science Center, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with local middle school students. BPL has been a BCAP partner since its inception in 2000. BCAP has been called a “model after-school program” and in 2006 received the President’s “Coming Up Taller” award. ...learn more


April 6, 2012
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 226-3600

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