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Contact Information

Mrs. Joanna Bailey

251.580.1648 phone
251.937.0339 fax


205 West Second Street
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507

Hours of Operation

Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.



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Online Language Learning Courses are here!

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Sentimental Productions DVDs

Sentimental Productions DVDs available at your local library! Two different collections -- Sentimental Sing-Alongs and Sentimental Serenity -- are little gems waiting to be discovered!

The Sentimental Sing-Along collection features performances of memorable songs that mark important eras in our nations history. Your library has nine different volumes including "Songs from the Home Front," "Songs from the Heartland," and "Cowboy and Campfire Songs." Have a listen at!

The Sentimental Serenity collection highlights different regions in the United States including the Gulf Coast, Southeast and the Great Plains.Take a sneak peek of the Great Plains at!

Visit Our Book Lovers Facebook Page

Check out our new Bay Minette Browsers facebook page. It's for ANYONE WHO LOVES BOOKS! It is NOT limited to book club members. Share what you are currently reading, your favorite books and authors and make book suggestions. If there is a book you loved and want others to read then this is the place for you to share it! Happy Reading!

Camellia Net Is Here

The Bay Minette Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, and music now available for download! Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting this website and clicking on the Camellia Net link on the upper right hand corner of the page. Users may browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card (from any library in the county that is participating in the Camellia Net consortium), and download to PC, Mac, Nook, Kindle, iPod, iPad, Sony Reader, and many other mobile devices. Users will need to install free software (except for Kindle books) -- OverDrive Media Console for audiobooks and music and Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire after the two week lending period or you can change the default to a seven day lending period if you prefer. There are no late fees!

Quick Guide to Using Camellia Net


The type of device you are using determines your next step. The most common e-readers we are seeing are Kindles, Nooks, iPads and iPods/phones, Android phones, and various tablets. E-books can also be read on your desktop or laptop. When you pull up a book on CamelliaNet, you will see a box like this:


Kindle Book
Adobe EPUB eBook

Kindles can only use Kindle books.
Nooks use Adobe EPUB.

On an Apple product (iPad, iPod/phone), Android, computer, or other tablet, you will need to install apps. The app to read Kindle books is the Kindle app. The Overdrive Console app will allow you to read Adobe EPUB. Both apps are free.

Kindle books are managed through your Kindle account on Amazon. After check out, your book will be available for download through Amazon.

Nook users have an extra step. You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions (also free) to your personal computer and create an Adobe ID. You will then need to authorize your device with your Adobe ID. Dock your Nook to your computer. Your library book will download to your computer. Open Adobe Digital Editions and go to the library view. Drag the title to the “NOOK” icon. Undock the NOOK from your computer. In the Library, open My Documents. The title should be available to be read for the period of time specified by the library.

Other users can download EPUB books directly from the Overdrive Console, without going through a computer.

You will be asked to choose your library, then enter your card #. This is the long number on the back of your library card. Your pin is the last four digits of that #.

Mission Statement

Throughout history the public library has been held in high esteem as a seat of knowledge, recognized as a public trust, and noted for its integral role in the community’s well being and sense of worth. The mission of the Bay Minette Public Library is to continue this honored and honorable tradition by enriching our community with an abundance of resources, including modern and traditional access points to information, as well as by providing a variety of services with the betterment of the patron the first and foremost priority.

About Your Library

Our History

Books were hard to come by at the turn of the century. Expensive when they could be found at all, books from religious writings to Shakespeare to popular western novels were a treat for the wealthy. But in Bay Minette, all of that was about to change. In 1922, the Bay Minette Public Library was founded by the Women’s Civic Improvement Association – an organization that itself was founded in 1913. 

Complete History of the Bay Minette Public Library

Bay Minette Public Library Board

Lee Mitchell, chairman
Mary Alyce Davis, secretary
Dr. Gary Kolb
Robin Rhodes
Alice Crook


Valuable Resources

BOOKS: Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
Google eBookstore Best of the Free 
New York Times Bestsellers



Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at This valuable resources in now available at your library! You must visit the library to use this resource. It can only be accessed via one of our patron computers or your laptop using our wireless connection --


HeritageQuest Online...Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1930, in over 23,000 family and local histories, in an index of over 2.1 million genealogy and local history articles, in selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, in the Freedman's Bank and in Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

Type in your library card number to access the database.

Genealogical Resources
U.S. History Resources from Libraries, Museums, and Archives
Library of Congress
A collection of over 40,000 historic maps of Alabama, the United States and for that matter, the entire world!
Oxford African American Studies Center
American Indian Histories and Cultures
This free site provides a browsable and searchable index to genealogical sources on the internet including digitized primary sources, guides, and museums and historical societies, as well as county clerks and other agencies to contact to further research offline.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History Digital Collections!

PARENTS & STUDENTS: NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) is a new resource for parents, grandparents and others in Alabama who provide care for children ages birth to twelve. PAL is confidential and anonymous and provides free information and support through a toll-free number:1-866-962-3030available Monday through Friday from 8am until 8pm 
This line is staffed by parenting resource specialists who will answer the phone, listen to callers, then offer helpful information and support. Callers may also request free literature about specific parenting concerns.
Ready to Learn from PBS Kids - this site offers advice for reading with your children, finding appropriate PBS programming, and general parenting tips
Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
When registering, your user name is your 14-digit library card number and a password of your choice.

Special Note: since the Learning Express library platform has changed, you will need to register on the site again!

Alabama Virtual Library -- Thanks to geolocation you DO NOT need an AVL card! However, if you have Uverse or satellite internet, you will need to contact the library for us to set up your account as geolocation does not work with these internet service providers.

Online tutoring, homework help and test prep
Connecting Education and Technology
College Navigator provides a wide range of useful information on more than 7,500 postsecondary education institutions including public, private, vocational, and technical schools.



Administration on Aging

Benefits Check Up

Eldercare Locator

Family Caregiver Alliance

Meals on Wheels


National Council on the Aging

Senior Living Map


Long Term Care:

Assisted Living and Senior Care:

Senior Living:



The World Factbook: Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
State of Working America: State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy’s effect on the living standards of working Americans. 
globalEDGE: a web portal designed to connect business professionals worldwide with information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.



Resume Help:
Information on the Affordable Care Act:
Tax Forms:
Alabama Tax Forms:
Free Tax Calculators and Tools: This site contains over 150 free tax help resources, tax guides for different financial situations, and a comprehensive database of over 200,000 licensed CPAs. The North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is a business focused, member supported organization that works with the community to develop sustainable economic growth and to enhance the quality of life for all residents, business owners and employees.
COMMUNITY SERVICE GUIDE: Most of the community resources listed are copied from the brochure compiled and published by Baldwin County United (929-7927).  We've also included services or programs that we located in response to frequent questions from our library and bookmobile users.  This information is updated frequently.  To the best of our knowlege the information is accurate.
The Library of Congress
Access to the Alabama Driver's Manual, Motorcycle Manual, Commercial Driver's Manual, and Boater's Handbook.
Alabama Virtual Library -- thanks to geolocation you DO NOT need an AVL card! BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE
Alabama Humanities Foundation
Computer skills, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, job skills, skill building for adults, and U.S. Citizenship.
Baldwin County Commision
A National Directory of Businesses and Consumers
Just enter the following to begin your search: Email: Password: library
Reference USA: Search business, residential and healthcare databases...
User Name: your library card bar code number. Password: last four digits of the bar code
La Mano Amiga (The Helping Hand) is a free nonprofit magazine for Spanish-reliant patrons. Every month a new issue is published with articles on financial literacy, health and well-being, charities and social services, U.S. laws and customs, and other information important to people adapting to life in this country. 
serves to help low-income Alabamians find solutions to legal problems. This site can help people find legal aid, learn about their rights, apply for public benefits, download self-help materials, and find relevant community agencies.
Throughout Alabama, thousands of people live with a disability or know of someone who has one, whether a returning veteran, family member, friend or colleague. Today, more than ever, there is a critical need to connect those with disabilities to the information they need to actively participate in the workforce and their communities. is the ideal, one-stop resource to meet that demand.
- This program is designed to help prison educators and prison librarians find book donations for America's prisons. You can search the listings and send your book donations directly to the prison and cause of your choice
This site breaks down the mystery behind Amazon discounts and deals! Most everyone knows that Amazon has a wide range of products, but few are aware of the secret deals they may be missing out on. It offers access to an up-to-date guide with the best ways to navigate all of Amazon’s specials and bargains, especially the ones relating to books and Kindle eBooks.

A website that helps you understand Alabama's legal system. The Alabama Access to Justice website helps people understand the legal system in Alabama. There are documents and court forms for specific legal problems, and there is general information about going to court. You will also find information about the legal aid organizations in Alabama. Tis website does not provide legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need an lawyer, there is information to help you find one in your area. The website is sponsored by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, which was created by order of the Superme Court of Alabama to serve as a coordinating entity for the legally underserved and legal community.



Holiday Schedule

Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Holiday Schedule

Veterans' Day .... Tuesday, November 11th

Thanksgiving Holidays ....Thursday, November 27th, Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th

Christmas Holidays ... Wednesday, December 24th, Thursday, December 25th, Friday, December 26th and Saturday, December 27th

New Year's ... Thursday, January 1st

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ... Monday, January 19th

Presidents' Day .... Monday, February 16th

Mardi Gras Day ... Tuesday, February 17th

Good Friday .... Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th

Memorial Day ... Saturday, May 23rd -- May 25th

Independence Day .... Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th

Labor Day .... Saturday, September 5th-- Monday, September 7th


Holiday Closings are in association with recognized closings of the Baldwin County Commission

and North Baldwin Utilities.

Library Services

  • Wi-Fi Hot Spot (during library hours of operation)
  • Free Patron Computer Use (printing $.25 per page)
  • Faxing: $1 per page 
  • Meeting Room Space during library hours (call 580-1648 to reserve)
  • Copy Machine available for public use $.20 per page
  • Paperback Swap  
  • In-House Book Sale
  • Tax forms available during tax season

Bebe Kobos Memorial Childrens Library

Join Children’s Librarian Victoria Barnett every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for story time! 

Email Mrs. Victoria at

Visit the children's library to see our beautiful mural created and painted by local artist Tena Powell!

Check out all the resources for students and parents under the Valuable Resources tab!

Go Green @ Your Library!

In cooperation with Baldwin EMC's RecyclePak program, we collect "burnt-out" compact fluorescent bulbs. Simply drop them off in the recycling receptacle at the front desk!

We also collect used cell phones and charges for The Lighthouse, Baldwin County’s Domestic Violence Prevention organization.

Book Store

The Bay Minette Public Library has an on-going In-House Book Sale located in our Program Room! Hard cover books are $1 each. Paperbacks, audiobooks and VHS movies are $.50 each. Books are available for purchase during library hours. 

North Baldwin Literacy Concil
Contact: Cheryl Clarke, NBLC Director, at 251-937-1112.


NBLC volunteer tutors teach adults’ basic reading and writing skills, life skills, GED and English as a Second Language, all free of charge

The Bay Minette Browsers

Club contact: Joanna Bailey at (251) 580-1648.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the program room. We will read The Love  Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce and meet to discuss the book on Monday, November 16th.

Stop by the library and check out a copy of the current book. (Age 18 or older please.)



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