We are open!
The library reopened to the public on Wednesday, May 27. You may only come in to select materials to check out or pick up your reserve items. You may also use the library’s computers by appointment. Please call to schedule a time.
- Beginning on June 1 our hours will be Monday – Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm and 9:00am-4:30pm on Friday and Saturday. The library will close 30 minutes earlier than “normal” each day to allow employees time to disinfect and clean.
- You may enter the library to select and check out materials. Seating areas will be blocked off with caution tape. Patrons should wear a face mask while in the library. Once you enter the library, select materials to check out and then leave. Please maintain social distancing while browsing our collection and be patient with others.
- Do not bring your children into the library if they aren’t able to maintain social distancing.
- Adults must check out all materials for children and maintain as much distance as from employees as possible. We recommend that one adult handle all transactions for their family.
- Please continue to return your materials in the outside curbside return to reduce handling by employees. We will also have a designated collection point for materials returned inside; do not hand them directly to employees. All materials will be quarantined at least 72 hours before they are checked in and removed from your account. We will be flexible and override your account to allow you to borrow additional materials based on what you have returned.
- Curbside services will continue to be available from 9:30am-6:00pm Monday – Thursday and 9:30am – 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday. If you prefer, you may reserve your materials online and come inside to pick them up once they are ready.
- Portable sneeze guards will be in use at the circulation desk to better protect employees and patrons.
- Computers will be available for use by appointment; please call to make an appointment. Walk-in access will be granted if all available computers have not been reserved. To allow for social distancing only 3 computers will be available.
- Users will be given 45 minutes with no extensions if the computer is reserved for the following hour. Only one session may be reserved per day. An exception to the initial time limitation will only be made in rare instances such as a person taking a proctored online exam.
- Keyboards and mice will be disinfected frequently. Users should wear masks and use sanitizer or wash their hands before and after their session. Users may bring their own disinfecting wipes to use on the keyboards and mice. Do not use any kind of spray disinfectant. Only one person per computer will be allowed in the computer room. If you need someone to accompany you, you must request to use a computer in the children’s area. Staff will only offer minimal computer assistance to maintain social distancing as much as possible. Assistance will not be available to anyone who is not wearing a mask.
- The water fountain will not be available.
- Puzzles and stuffed animals will not be available for use in the children’s department.
- All in-library programs are cancelled until further notice.
- We will have a summer reading program for children to earn prizes for reading books and a program for teens and adults to enter for a chance to win prizes. We will have “Grab ‘n Go” activities for children.
- If it becomes necessary, we reserve the right to limit the number of people allowed in the library at one time in order to maintain social distancing.
- Everything remains subject to change, please be patient as we learn to operate as safely as possible.
Please return your library materials in our curbside return . All items returned will be quarantined at least 72 hours BEFORE they are checked in. Fines will be waived for all overdue items returned through June 30. If your items are long overdue, you will need to wait until your items are checked in after quarantine before checking out additional items. If you are unable to locate the items, please contact the library to arrange payment. A $3.00 processing fee is normally assessed for each lost item; however, we will waive the $3.00 processing fee for EACH lost or damaged item paid for by June 30.
Curbside pickup is available!
Curbside Pickup Procedures:
Curbside pickup is available Monday-Thursday from 9:30am - 6:00 pm and Friday - Saturday from 9:30am-4:00pm. To place an order, call us or visit our online catalog and log into your account to reserve items. We have changed our settings to allow you to reserve items that are “in.”
- We will notify you by phone when your items are ready so be sure we have your current phone number. When you are logged into your online account, you can view and edit your contact preferences and information under the account tab. You can also update your information by phone.
- After you receive notification that your order is ready, visit the library during curbside pickup hours to pick up your items. Curbside orders must be picked up within 3 business days.
- When you arrive, park behind the library in one of the 3 designated numbered spots near the back atrium entrance and call the library to request your materials. Let us know the number of your parking spot.
- We will bring your items to your car. Be prepared to show your state issued photo ID or your library card(s) through your closed window. Please wear a facemask when you receive your materials. Employees will be wearing facemasks for their safety and yours.
- For contactless pickup, unlock the door to your cargo area or pop your trunk and we will place your materials inside and close the door/trunk.
- If you have materials to return, place them in the curbside return. Materials will be quarantined at least 72 hours before they are checked in and removed from your account.
- Items will be checked out to you the day the order is filled, regardless of the day you pick them up.
- We will fill orders as fast as possible, but orders placed within 1 hour of the end of pick-up hours may not be available until the next day pickup is available. If demand becomes too high, we may place curbside fill limits per card or per family.
- Please wait until the library reopens to pay existing overdue fines. We will override to allow checkouts unless you have materials due prior to 2/28/20 or you owe for lost or damaged items. Please contact library staff to make arrangements to pay for these items if you want to have your borrowing privileges reinstated. If you have long overdue items you will need to return them or pay for them if they are lost. If you return the long overdue items you will have to wait until they have been checked in after being quarantined before you may borrow additional materials.
- We will not provide curbside service if lightening is in the area.
- Please be patient while we try to navigate this new service.
To reserve items online:
- Click Catalog/My account at the top of our website.
- In the upper right-hand corner, click Log On. Enter your 8-digit library card number number (start with the first zero and skip the last digit) and enter your password. If you have forgotten your password, click forgot password. If you don’t have a password you must call and have us add one to your account.
- Search for items. The catalog will show if the item is available. Click on the item of interest.
- On the right, click reserve.
- Once your item says successfully reserved, click ok to close the details page.
- To view your account, click My items. This will normally show what books are waiting for pickup and what remains on reserve. However, while we are offering curbside services, items will be checked out to you as soon as we fill the reserve, rather than the day you pick up the items. You can also see the other items you have out, any fines due, change your account information and view your history. Please be sure your correct phone number is listed so we can contact you about your reserves. We will contact you by phone when your order is ready.
- If you reserve an item that is “out” you will be notified by text, email, or phone when the item is returned and it’s your turn to borrow it.
We are temporarily offering online registration for library cards to Etowah County residents at this time.
The card will allow you to access our electronic collections. Click here to fill out an online application. If you prefer, library employees can process your application by phone. Call 256-442-8477 ext. 0. Non-residents may not apply for cards online at this time but may apply for a card in person; a $10.00 annual fee is required.
You may borrow digital materials via Camellia Net and RBdigital!
Has your access to Camellia Net/Libby been blocked because of an expired card, fines, or overdue items?
We've changed our settings while we are closed and you may now check out digital items! Enjoy!
Wireless internet is still accessible from our parking lot.
Hours for Homework Alabama have been extended (see details below).
Free temporary access to Ancestry Library Edition, Abdo Digital Library (K-12), TumbleBooks and Big Timber Media are available for a limited time! (See details below.)
RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines
Borrow free digital audiobooks and magazines from RBdigital. Over 8,000 multi-access audio titles for adults and children are available with no holds and NO waiting! You can check out up to 10 audiobooks at a time and keep them for 21 days. A RCPL card is required. Digital magazines are also available via RBdigital with no holds, no waiting, no limits, and no due dates! Enjoy the digital magazines in your browser or in the RBdigital app.
Click here to access RBdigital via your browser and either login or create a new account using your entire 14-digit RCPL card number. You may also download the RBdigital app to your device and create your account in the app. If you used RBdigital to check out digital magazines from our library prior to August 1, 2019, you must create a new account; however, you can still use the same username and password.
Homework Alabama is available for tutoring assistance for students from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily .
Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor.
Access to Homework Alabama is available at https://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/homework/.
Borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks & magazines!
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your device using the Libby app from OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started. Learn more at https://meet.libbyapp.com.
Or, borrow eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, videos or digital magazines directly from the Camellia Net website.
Log in with your 8-digit RCPL card (start with the first zero and skip the last digit). For more information click here.
Don't have a library card? Now you can get instant access to Camellia Net if you live in an area with a library that participates in Camellia Net. Just register on the Camellia Net website or in the Libby app with your mobile phone number. Or, Etowah County residents can fill out an online application for a RCPL card here.
eBooks for children – NO card required!
Juvenile eBooks are available in our online catalog. These titles are always available to be read in your browser and may be used by multiple users simultaneously. The interactive titles from Capstone have a read aloud option which highlights each word as it is read. To see a list of available titles click here. To view the interactive titles, search for "Capstone interactive" in the catalog.
Free access to Abdo Digital Library – no card needed!
Grades PreK-8 Online Digital Library
Username: ABDO Elementary
Grades 5-12 Online Digital Library
Username: ABDO Secondary
Abdo Zoom Databases
(STEAM, Biographies, Animals, Animlaes (Spanish)
Username: abdo zoom
Free eBooks and audiobooks from Tumble Books
The resources below are provided free of charge by TumbleBooks until at least August 31. A library card is not required to access these books. Its ﬂagship product, TumbleBooklibrary, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games
TumbleBookLibrary - K-6 children's ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
TumbleMath - K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
TeenBookCloud - gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
AudioBookCloud - all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
RomanceBookCloud - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
TumbleBooks’ databases feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
Free eBooks from Big Timber Media
The publishing partners of Big Timber Media are offering free access to a variety of eBooks through June 30. Publishers include Abdo, Bearport, Cherry Lake, Child's World, North Star Editions, ReferencePoint, and Sleeping Bear Press. Access Big Timbers Media's website at https://www.bigtimbermedia.com/distance-learning-bundles/ or go directly to one of the collections below.
Free Digital Literacy Tools from Microsoft
Build Digital Skills
Digital literacy are the foundational skills needed to understand and safely use digital devices, software, and the internet. Access the Digital Literacy course!
Get a free one-month trial of Office 365 and learn how to create and collaborate with productivity tools like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Start with six easy steps!
Participate Safely Online
Get tips for protecting your privacy, using the internet safely and combating online bullying and harassment. Learn more.
Learn How to Code
Give kids a hands-on experience with coding with Minecraft Hour of Code tutorials. Get started with Hour of Code.
Browse a catalog of computer science courses for students of all ages that go beyond the basics. Access computer science courses.
Sharpen Technical Skills
Whether you're just starting or an experienced tech professional, these technical hands-on learning modules can help you arrive at your goals faster, with more confidence and at your own pace. Get started!
Free Digital Literacy Tools from PLA
DigitalLearn.org is PLA’s ((Public Library Association's) online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed, video-based tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy skills. The modules help learners practice basic skills like using a mouse, creating an email address, navigating a website and more. Once learners have practiced the basics, they can move on to more specific topics to help them apply for a job, find health information, be productive, connect with friends and family, and to stay safe online. DigitalLearn.org provides intentional, foundational instruction to be taken at the pace of the learner anytime.
Research Your Family Tree
Search for your ancestors on Ancestry Library Edition and discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. New resources are added frequently. Library use only; remote access is not available.
In light of concerns about COVID-19 and the closure of many libraries around the state, Ancestry and ProQuest are offering temporary from-home access to Ancestry Library Edition for Alabama residents. Please note that from-home access is available on an extremely temporary basis. To access Ancestry Library Edition from home go to https://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/content/electronicresources . Users will be asked to login to an APLS secure page before proceeding to Ancestry Library Edition. You can contact APLS reference staff at email@example.com for the login credentials. Users must use ALE Access as the subject of their email to receive the credentials promptly. Please note that this password will only work on APLS’ secure site; it is not a password to Ancestry itself.
This is a very generous gift from Ancestry to the people of Alabama. Please help APLS maintain this special access by not sharing the password on any public forum, like a public Facebook post and do not share the link or password with people who don’t live in Alabama. Continued from-home access depends on all of us taking precautions to stop unauthorized access.
Or, try Heritage Quest Online from home! You’ll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history. If you are using Heritage Quest from home you will be prompted for your 14 digit Rainbow City Library Card number.
Complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire!
Be counted! Complete your 2020 Census questionnaire using the library's computers or visit https://my2020census.gov/.
Anyone wishing to complete their 2020 Census questionnaire online will be granted computer access at the library.
- It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
- It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
- Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services (like public libraries!).
- Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
Shop Our Book Sale
Ages 4 & Up! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Lego® pieces are provided. Donations are always welcome.
Disclaimer: Lego® is a trademark of the Lego® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this program of Rainbow City Public Library.
Lego® Club is cancelled until further notice.
Vox Books for Children
VOX Books are printed books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX Books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% and improve their reading accuracy by over 50%.
Storytime is held most Wednesdays, beginning in September and concluding in mid-May. Children ages 3-5 may attend a program at 11:00am or 1:30pm. (The same program is held at 2 different times.) Programs usually last about 30 minutes and feature stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.
Storytime is cancelled until further notice.
Courtesy Charging Station
Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present. This database is available to Alabama residents through Alabama Public Library Service. Click here for access or select the Chilton link from our Online Resources Menu. If you have difficulty accessing the database through Internet Explorer, click on tools, select compatibility view settings and add galesupport.com .
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Please bring your own headphones.
In-library access only. Remote access is not available.
Over 1,500 brand new learning activities designed to address the learning needs and interest of 2nd grade students has been added to ABCmouse.