On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham’s first free-standing library opened

On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham’s first free-standing library opened
The front entrance of the Linn-Henley Research Library, Birmingham, 2009. (DwayneP, Wikipedia)

April 11, 1927

Birmingham’s first free-standing central library opened after a fire in April 1925 destroyed the top floor of Birmingham City Hall and most of the central library, which had been located there. Superintendent of Education John Herbert Phillips established the Birmingham Public Library in 1886, using a room next to his downtown office on Third Avenue North. The library was relocated to City Hall in 1904. The new free-standing central library operated from 1927 until 1984, when a new central library building opened across the street. The old central library was renovated and reopened in 1985 as the Linn-Henley Research Library for special collections.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

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