Hoover Public Library
One of the biggest advantages to living in Hoover is convenient access to the Hoover Public Library. Housed in an impressive 80,000 square-foot facility on Municipal Drive, the Hoover Library is one of the most active libraries in the state. During 2005, a record 648,326 visitors came to the library and checked out 1,141,311 items!
Some of the most popular items available for checkout are bestsellers, audio books, videos and movies on DVD. The library also has a top-notch reference department and an array of current magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.
The Hoover Library has 106 PCs available for public use and is now a "Hot Spot" with wireless access throughout the building. Laptops can be checked out for use in the library.
In addition, the library now offers access to a service that allows patrons to download audio books to MP3 players or CD's and a Rosetta Stone online language center that offers training in 29 different languages. Another online service, Homework Alabama, offers free tutoring in math, science, social studies and English every day from 3 p.m. until midnight.
On the main level of the library are a business/law area, popular fiction and browsing collections, individual and group study areas, a youth and teen section and computers with an easy-to-use print management system. The library's Technology Hub allows patrons to access word processing software and adaptive technology for the visually impaired. Free computer classes are available.
On the lower level is the intimate 250-seat Hoover Library Theatre, one of the most popular theater venues in the Birmingham-Hoover area. Also located on the Theatre Level are both an art gallery and multiple public meeting facilities. The administrative level of the library houses a computer training center, public snack area and library offices.
The Hoover Library offers a variety of free programming for all ages - business-related groups, book discussion groups for youth and adults, author signings, special interest groups for adults, film series, youth programs and story times for young children. New programs include Book My Favorites, a service that provides patrons with their favorite authors' newest releases, and Born to Read, which provides new babies with a board book and information on obtaining a library card. The library also hosts the annual Southern Voices Conference, a four-day event featuring a conference, artists, nationally known authors ?and theatre presentations.
Hoover residents are invited to become supporters of the Hoover Public Library through Friends of the Hoover Library. Over the years, Friends' efforts have provided the library with new equipment, books, and funding for programs. The Friends of the Library bookstore, located in the library, offers books and magazines at bargain prices with all sales benefiting the library.
The Hoover Public Library is part of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, sharing resources with the county's 41 other libraries. To receive a free library card, residents are only required to complete a membership form and present a driver's license along with verification of a home address.
The library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the Hoover Public Library at (205) 444-7800 or check out the library's website at www.hooverlibrary.org.