Tuscaloosa Public Library
The Tuscaloosa Public Library serves the 192,000 residents of Tuscaloosa County as well as students attending the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Shelton State Community College and Stillman College with a full array of library services and materials from books to DVDs, from reference assistance to computer classes, from children’s story times to book discussions. Materials and programs are designed to meet the needs of all Tuscaloosans.
The mission of the Tuscaloosa County Public Library System is to provide educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, information, and resources to a diverse community through traditional services, new technologies, and innovative programs, thus enabling lifelong learning.
The library currently has four service outlets: The Main Library, the Brown Branch, Weaver-Bolden Branch and the Bookmobiles.
THE MAIN LIBRARY
The Main branch of the Tuscaloosa Public Library offers books, eBooks, databases, music and audio books, CDs as well as DVDs to Tuscaloosa County library patrons. As the headquarters for ordering, receiving, processing and circulating these items, the Main branch also serves as a gateway to information, knowledge and entertainment.
THE BROWN BRANCH
The Brown branch library officially opened its doors on Sunday, September 10, 2006. The facility measures 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and is located on the second floor of the Bobby Miller Activity Center in Taylorville.
The Brown branch is named after James M. Brown and his sister Marina Brown. James and Marina Brown were the children of Judge James Clinton Brown and Mary Grace Maxwell of Tuscaloosa. James Brown was self-employed as a real estate and property appraiser for most of his career. He was best known for chronicling local news and events as editor for 55 years of the Exchange Club's newsletter, the Unitor. Marina Brown is best remembered by the students she taught at Stafford and Verner Elementary Schools in Tuscaloosa. After retirement, she taught a class of international students at the Baptist Center at The University of Alabama.
THE WEAVER BOLDEN BRANCH
The Weaver Bolden Branch offers its patrons the same materials and services offered at the Main Library and Brown Branch. Requested materials are transferred daily among the branches. The branch offers a variety of programs throughout the year for children, teens and adults. Every program presented or sponsored by the library is free of charge.
The Weaver Bolden Branch is named in honor of two of Tuscaloosa’s most respected African American educators: Dr. George Augustus Weaver (1872 -1939), and Mrs. Ruth Cummings Bolden (1910-2005). Dr. Weaver was a physician at the Stillman Hospital and generously made his personal library available for local African American students before the establishment of a public library which served them. Mrs. Ruth Bolden was the first librarian of this branch from 1948-1975 and requested that it be named for Dr. Weaver. In 1990 the branch was renamed the Weaver Bolden Branch Library in honor of her years of service.
Tuscaloosa Public Library currently has two bookmobiles that visit over 40 locations every month throughout Tuscaloosa County. The bookmobiles visit daycare centers, schools, community locations and senior living facilities. All TPL cards allow access to circulating materials in all branches as well as the bookmobiles. The circulating period for bookmobile patrons for bookmobile items is four weeks. Materials from the bookmobile may be returned at any TPL location.