The Andalusia Public Library was founded in 1913 by the Andalusia Study Club and opened in the reception room of the Masonic Hall. The nucleus of the library was 100 books donated by various army camps in Alabama. After several years of contributions and with the help of the WPA, a new library was built. Called "one of the loveliest little libraries in the state", the new library opened its doors in 1939. Those doors remained open for the next 28 years. In 1963 it was time to expand. Mrs. D.D Chapman led a movement to obtain the Andalusia Post Office building, which was being replaced with a new post office, for the new public library. The federal government granted the request and the library opened its new doors in 1967. In 1979 the Charles Dixon Memorial meeting room was added to the library thanks to the generosity of Thelma Dixon. A reference room, genealogy room, periodical room, and children's library were added soon after. The children's library was remolded thanks to the generosity of Thelma Dixon's family and a teen room was added. The library celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013.
Traditional Library Services
Books, magazines, DVDs, videos, music CDs, computer programs and games, community print resources, AV equipment, large print books, maps, community arts and crafts displays, tutoring laptops.
Charles Dixon Memorial Room
Spacious meeting room for civic organizations, clubs, and educational entities. Kitchen services for light meals. Stage and a pull-down multimedia screen.
An extensive collection of local and statewide historical resources. Local census and newspapers on microfilm indexed local papers 1800s forward, obituary index, Family Tree Maker, a wide variety of genealogy books, local family histories. New Digitized computer access to microfilm. Heritage Quest online database.
21 internet/word processing stations, state of the art learning lab, children's computer with educational software, Alabama Virtual Library, Learn a test, and online tutoring. Connecting Families Webcam, Wifi Hotspot, online card catalog.
Children / Young Adult Services
Creative children's department, StoryTime for preschoolers every Friday at 10:30. Puppet shows, film festivals, and summer library program. Art and photography contest, Teen Room, college information, and new and old YA fiction and nonfiction. Required summer reading books for area schools and Accelerate Reader Materials.
Echoes and Visions Folk Life Program
An indexed ethnographic collection of traditional life in the surrounding area. Photos, recordings, and videos capture the traditional folkways of our area.
Outreach children's and adults services, Library of Congress blind and physically handicapped books on tape service directly to your home, library talks, books by mail.
Books by Mail
Books By Mail is a free service for residents of Covington County who are unable to go to the library in person. Patrons may request a catalog of the books available by phoning (334) 222-6612.
Foreign Language Books and Tapes
Spanish and Korean books for children and adults. Fiction and non-fiction. Learn German, Korean, Spanish, and French.
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