Registration Open for September RLCC Classes

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Excel 2010 will be the featured program in September, offering a class on home budgets using templates.


Registration is now open for staff and the public for the September 2014 Regional Library Computer Center classes. All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

To register for a class: (Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. Please call to confirm.)

  1. Complete name, address and phone information. PLEASE PRINT.
  2. Place a check mark in the check box next to the class(es) you would like to attend.
  3. Return the entire form to a staff person in the Public Computer Services department.
  4. You may also send an email to or use the online form to register.

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.

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