RLCC Classes Resume In August

Computer classes, held in the Regional Library Computer Center of the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, will resume the second week in August. Class schedules are now available online or in the Computer Commons, located on the third floor of the East Building.

Classes were suspended from April until August due to heat in the East building from a broken air conditioning unit. The system has since been repaired, and the Central Library has returned to normal business hours.

Proctoring services have also resumed. You may fill out our online proctoring request form or call 205-226-3681 to inquire.

Central Library AC Now Repaired

The East Building of the Birmingham Public Library’s Central Branch has now returned to regular business hours. The building reduced its opening to the public for several weeks, because it did not have air conditioning, due to damaged coils in the HVAC units. Beginning Saturday, June 21, the branch, located in Downtown Birmingham, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.

No information is available at this time on when proctoring services and free computer classes will resume.

BPL Central Branch Has Additional Reduced Hours Due To AC Issues

The Birmingham Public Library’s Central location announced additional reduced hours as it deals with a broken air conditioner, which could take five more weeks to be repaired. Beginning Monday, May 12, the East Building will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Linn-Henley building will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Central Branch, located downtown, will be open to the public on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. but closed on Sundays. The hours do not affect the system’s other 18 locations.

An air conditioning coil in the library’s main handler ruptured in January, reducing the air conditioner’s ability to cool both buildings. Some adjustments have been made to get cool air into the Linn-Henley building.

The City’s Public Works Department has been assisting library staff in correcting the problems. When the Birmingham City Council approved funding for repairs in March, specially-made parts to fit the unit were ordered.

Additional, temporary changes for the downtown location include:

  • Tinted cellophane has been placed on the East windows of the East Building to help reduce the heat.
  • Some employees have been temporarily assigned to other library locations.
  • All computer classes regularly held in the Regional Library Computer Center have been cancelled until further notice. Patrons are encouraged to check out computer classes at Springville Road and Five Points West libraries.
  • The Friends’ Bookstore will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Gifts of a Wordsmith, a free adult poetry workshop held on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m., has been moved to Homewood Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, until the air conditioner is fixed.
  • All downtown public computers will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • The East Building will be open Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; the Linn-Henley Research Library will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both buildings will be closed on Sundays.
  • With the East Building closing 12 p.m. on weekdays, patrons will still be able to pick up library holds and check them out from 12 to 5 p.m. at a desk on the first floor of Linn-Henley.

For hours and locations of other Birmingham libraries, please visit http://www.bplonline.org/locations/.

More reduced Hours at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library Due to Cooling Issues

The downtown Birmingham Public Library will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, starting Saturday, May 10. The reason is because of a broken air conditioner, which could take about six weeks to repair. The library has already implemented temporary, reduced hours for the work week. It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on Sundays. The hours do not affect the system’s other 18 locations.

The lack of air conditioning developed after a January cold snap ruptured an air conditioning coil in the library’s main handler. The Birmingham City Council has approved funding for the repairs. Staff is currently waiting for specially-ordered parts to arrive. Repairs are expected to be made in six weeks or sooner.

Because of rising temperatures, additional changes have been made at the downtown location. They include:

  • To keep down heat within the building, all downtown public computers will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • The East Building’s third floor will close every day at 12:00 p.m.
  • Tinted cellophane has been placed on East windows of the library’s East Building to help reduce the heat.
  • The Youth Department will provide free snow cones on Friday afternoons.
  • Some employees have been temporarily assigned to other library locations.

Employees continue to serve the public. They are helping patrons find books, movies, DVDs and CDs; assisting students with school research papers on scientists and inventors; and helping patrons locate business resources and grant opportunities in the library and online. They are also focused on launching Summer Reading, designed to encourage children to read for pleasure, on Monday, May 12. 

This is the first time in about 10 years that employees have had to deal with a lack of air conditioning at the downtown library. “Various departments are working with us to expedite getting this problem solved,’’ said Renee Blalock, library director. “We are very grateful to our staff and the public for being so understanding.”

SOURCE: http://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/

Classes and Proctoring Services Temporarily Deferred

Maintenance and Repairs

Due to rising spring temperatures and a broken air conditioning unit at the Birmingham Public Library’s Central location, the library will have reduced hours for at least the next six to eight weeks. The needed repairs are the result of a January cold snap that ruptured the air conditioner coil in the library’s main air handler. Parts have been ordered. Repairs will be scheduled once the parts arrive.

Starting Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays. The new hours will not affect the system’s 18 other locations.

“Our patrons and staff have been very understanding as we work through this difficult time,’’ said Angela Fisher Hall, the library system’s associate director. “Our goal is to remain open as long as we can while keeping our patrons and staff as comfortable as possible. Other city departments are working very closely with us to get the needed repairs completed in a timely manner.’’

To help keep down heat within the building, the access hours to public computers will also be reduced. The public computers will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free computer classes that are normally offered Monday through Wednesday at the Linn-Henley Research Library have been suspended until further notice. Patrons are encouraged to visit the Five Points West or Springville Road libraries to check out their computer classes.

Proctoring services have also been deferred until further notice due. We apologize for any inconvenience. In the meantime, please contact these JCLC libraries about their proctoring services:

Please visit the Birmingham Public Library website or Birmingham Public Library blog for the latest news and updates on the progress status of the maintenance and repairs.