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The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) provides leadership, resources, and programming to support Alabama public libraries in providing quality library service throughout the state. APLS is the state agency that is empowered to advise all established public libraries and assist communities in establishing additional public libraries. APLS provides free library services to Alabama state employees, including lending books and providing state testing study guides for career advancement.

The ultimate goal of the Alabama Public Library Service is to create a statewide network of libraries to provide outstanding library service to every individual in the state. APLS administers state funds as provided by the State Legislature and federal funds as provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

announcements

Alabama’s state library launches revamped website

May 05, 2022

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) ­­ announced today the launch of its newly improved website. The latest iteration of the APLS website offers quick and easy access to essential information and coordinates with the agency’s recently updated logo. Initial plans for the new website began to take shape in December 2020, and it was developed in coordination with the Stamp Idea Group, based in Montgomery.

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Toolkit helps libraries prepare children for school success

February 23, 2022

Alabama selected as partner state in IMLS-funded school readiness training for public libraries.

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Several public libraries, archives departments receive recovery grants

September 10, 2021

This month, more than a dozen public libraries and archives departments across the state received grants from the Alabama Humanities Alliance (AHA).

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Database, e-book additions enhance state’s digital library

August 18, 2021

New resources continue AVL's tradition of providing Alabamians 24/7 access to high quality information.

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Administrators’ meeting to be held Sept. 23

August 13, 2021

The Alabama Public Library Service will host an Administrators' meeting on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with special guest Martha Kyrillidou, director of QualityMetrics.

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New Library Director’s Orientation coming in August

July 02, 2021

The Alabama Public Library Service will host a virtual New Library Director's Orientation on Aug. 4 – 5. The two-day training for new directors will be hosted on the Cisco WebEx web conferencing platform.

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funding opportunities

grant opportunities

APLS receives notices of grant opportunities from a variety of organizations that have interests that relate to public libraries. Grant opportunities are listed into categories and contain summaries with links to the full text.

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