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    • The library is currently closed to the public, but you can still get books, audiobooks, dvds, and music for all ages using Curbside Pick-Up. For more details on how to get materials through this contactless program, visit or call 445-1101.  

    • Visit for details on contactless check-out of library materials.  

    • If you need book recommendations for teens or adults, please call 205-445-1101 or email 

      For book recommendations for children from birth through six grade, visit and look for the My Reads book request form or call 205-445-1111.  

    • All items returned to the library are quarantined for at least 72 hours before staff check-in, sort and shelve materials.  When handling books, staff are required to wear masks, gloves, and to perform proper hand hygiene.  We feel that this protocol is adequate to minimize exposure to COVID-19.  We are not disinfecting materials.  

    • Because we are quarantining all items returned to the library, your books/dvds/audiobooks may show up on your record for up to 7 days after you return them to the library.  When the items are checked in, they will be checked in as of the date of return.  We are not charging fines on Emmet O’Neal Library items through June 30.  

    • We are working diligently on a safe and responsible opening plan which will foster physical distancing and safe handling of shared materials.  Please follow us on social media or check our web site for updates. 

    •         These digital resources are available 24/7:

              Libby: For downloading e-books and e-audiobooks. 
              Hoopla: For downloading e-books, e-audiobooks, and video. 
              Kanopy: For streaming movies. 
              Flipster: For viewing magazines online.  
              Tumblebooks: For children’s animated storybooks 
              PebbleGo: Visual databases for children 
              Capstone Interactive: For children’s e-books on a wide variety of non-fiction topics 
              Plus, a lot more that can be found on our website's homepage.

    • While the library building is closed to the public, Emmet O’Neal Library staff will maintain a digital help desk available Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Email us at or call 205-445-1101. 

    •  Yes. Visit to learn more. Beginning June 1, you can create an account to use curbside pick-up service as well as access our online materials by calling 205-445-1101. 

    • If you had materials on hold at the library before we closed, your materials are available for curbside pick-up beginning June 1.  

    • The items that you borrow through Curbside Pick-Up will have a normal loan period.  

      The items that you borrowed prior to March 13 have staggered due dates.  Please check your account on or on the Emmet O’Neal Library app to verify due dates on specific items.   

      Fines will be waived for Emmet O’Neal Library items due on or before June 30. 

    • You may renew items normally through or the Emmet O’Neal Library app. If another patron has placed a hold on an item checked out to you, you will not be able to renew. 

    • For items checked out prior to March 13, you will not have any late fines for the time that the library was closed.    

      Fines will be waived for Emmet O’Neal Library items due on or before June 30. 

    • You can renew your card by calling 205-445-1101 or online at

    • If your e-card was originally set to expire on June 1st, your e-card should now be good until July 15th.  

    • PINs can be reset at Type in your library card number where indicated and click the submit button. You will receive an email sent to the address associated with your library account with a link to choose a new PIN. 

    • No, the library building is closed to the public at this time. 

    •        Yes, all usage fees for the Meeting Room and Conference Room will be refunded. Send an email to with your name, the date you reserved a room, a name for the refund check to be made out to, and a mailing address for the check. 

    • Due to the library building access being limited to staff only, the Friends of the Library have suspended accepting book donations until further notice.