The library's new Research Stations are available to patrons and guests needing to do scholarly work or research. These computers provide access to a variety of websites and databases, and their location in the second-floor Non-Fiction area provides easy access to reference books and a quiet environment for work and study.

What can you do at a Research Station?
Each computer has internet access, which is restricted to selected websites and databases that may be helpful in research. These include:

  • All websites with URLs ending in .edu, .gov, or .mil
  • Websites and databases available through Alabama Virtual Library
  • Wikipedia and its sister sites, and Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Genealogy websites and various local sites
  • Popular webmail sites including Gmail and Yahoo

The Research Stations also include the Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher for use in composing papers and projects.

Each station can print documents in black-and-white (20¢/page) and color ($1/page). Patrons can bring USB drives for saving their work and headphones for doing work that requires audio.

Can you reserve a Research Station in advance?
Patrons who wish to reserve a Research Station ahead of time may do so by visiting the Reference desk on the second floor of the library, or by calling the Reference Department at 256-764-6564, ext. 42. Reservations may be made up to 7 days in advance, and patrons may make up to two reservations per day. Each session at the Research Stations is two hours, and users may be allowed extra time if no one else is waiting.

The Research Stations were placed with federal LSTA grant funds distributed by APLS.