Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came last night to the Bobby Horton concert. And of course, thank you Bobby Horton.Bobby
The Irondale Library Board and staff are so pleased to have this great Friends group dedicated to helping the library. The Friends of IPL help with programs, funding special projects and connecting us with the community.
We want to thank the sponsors, the City of Irondale and the many volunteers.
A special thank you to Ann Steves and all the other Friends members who helped make this concert happen.

Learn something new today with Universal Class

Irondale Library now offers access to Universal Class. UniversalClass

Irondale patrons have access to over 500 online, non-credit,  continuing education courses. Visit the library to set up your account. Once your account is set up, you can access your account from home.

Important points:

  • There are a wide range of topics from personal finance to yoga 101
  • A valid email address is required
  • Enroll in up to 5 courses at a time with 6 months to finish each course
  • Courses are available online 24/7
  • Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail
  • It’s Free

Hoopla! Streaming Music, Video, Audio-books and more!

Hoopla logoOur digital library just got a whole lot bigger!
We are so excited to share a new service for the residents of Irondale. Hoopla! digital provides library card holders with free access to digital movies, TV shows, audiobooks, music, ebooks, and comics.
To get started, visit OR get the Hoopla app on your smart device*.
Create an account, and log-in with your library card.
The lending periods are:
Movies/ TV shows: 3 days
Music: 7 days
Audiobooks: 21 days
Got questions? Find answers at the library, or visit
* Most devices are supported, to see a list of tested devices click here.

Digital Magazines from Zinio

Irondale Library patrons  have unlimited access to complete digital magazines from Zinio!Zinio logo

Each magazine can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library.  Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

A few of the popular titles available: Better Homes& Gardens, Us Weekly, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Discover, Cosmopolitan and many more!

To access Irondale Library’s digital magazine collection click here

Please note: You will need to create a new account with our library collection and Zinio.

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Irondale’s Library Champions

The Jefferson County Public Library Association recently honored eight Library Champions during its annual holiday luncheon at Iron City in BirminghamPhoto of three Library Champions, Alabama including three residents of Irondale. Ann Steves and Sue Sweatt were nominated by Irondale Public Library for their outstanding service with the Friends of Irondale Library. Dolores Hydock was nominated by the Public Libraries in Jefferson County (PLJC) for her many years of support to local libraries and literacy. The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers and community partners. The Library Champion Award is presented annually by the Jefferson County Public Library Association. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Irondale Honorees:

Ann Steves & Sue Sweatt: Since 2011, as members of the Friends of Irondale Public Library Executive Committee, Ann & Sue have been instrumental in re-organizing a Friends group for Irondale. They have enlisted members through mailing campaigns and represented the library at community events. The Friends have raised funds to provide bicycles and other prizes for 3 consecutive years of Summer Reading and sponsored library programs. The Friends now have 55 members and 6 commercial members. Many of the Friends have volunteered over the past 3 years to work in the Friends Booth at the annual Whistle Stop Festival and at library programs. Without Ann and Sue, the Irondale Public Library would not have a Friends group.

Dolores Hydock: Dolores Hydock is a writer, actress, and storyteller. This nomination is for her excellent presentations at libraries throughout our county over the past two decades. Her original programs bring in large audiences whenever and wherever presented. In many cases the programs are standing room only. Dolores is not only a great promoter of libraries, but promotes all types of literacy. Whatever the topic, Dolores’ programs bring her subjects to life and frequently include Alabama history. Library programming countywide has been enhanced as a result of Dolores’ programs. Dolores Champ 2 Ann & Sue

The help you need is just a click away

Professional tutors are available online, FREE, for Alabama residents.

This service is made possible by the Alabama Public Library Service.Link to Alabama Homework Help and

One Service- Three areas of help:

  • Student Center
    • Students and adult learners can receive specialized one-to-one tutoring help in the areas of math, science, English, social studies and writing. This service is also available in Spanish. Professional tutors are available online from 3pm – 10pm Sunday through Thursday.
  • Career Center by
    • Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview.  Career tutors are available online 24/7.
  • Adult Education Center by
    • Going back to school? Preparing for your GED? Taking the Citizenship Test? Get the help you need, real-time tutoring in math, science, English, social studies, writing, GED preparation and citizenship preparation. See how it works before you connect. Bi-Lingual Spanish speaking tutors are available 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Central Time.