The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazines, journals, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.
The Alabama Virtual Library uses geo-location technology to authenticate Alabama residents. This technology allows most Alabama residents access to AVL from their homes without the need for a username and password.
If the geolocation technology is unable to "recognize" a user as an Alabama resident, then residents may login with an AVL Card.
AVL Cards may also be used to gain access when a resident is traveling outside the state. Visit your local public library to request an AVL (remote access) card. K-12 students/staff in public schools may obtain a card from their school library.
The objectives of APLS are:
To provide library services to the citizens of Alabama directly or through local libraries.
To provide library services for those with special needs through the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
To provide library services to the Alabama State employees to meet their work-related information needs.
To assist in establishing cooperative library services and networks.
To provide continuing education opportunities for librarians.
AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.