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.
Due to the statewide Stay-at-home order issued by Governor Ivey, library employees are no longer working at the library. We are unable to answer phone calls or receive messages. The library's director will be able to process online library card applications from home. You may also email us at RainbowCityPublicLibrary@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook or Facebook Messenger.
We are now closed through April 30, 2020. The situation will be re-evaluated to determine re-opening to the public.
Overdue fines will not be charged and due dates have been automatically extended. Items with original due dates of March 11, 2020 or later have been extended until May 15, 2020 and will be extended again if needed.
Please do not return library materials at this time, our curbside return is locked.
You may still 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 now offering extended hours for additional tutoring assistance for students at home during the COVID-19 crisis. The online tutoring program's hours have been extended to 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily through May 31.
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 phone, tablet, or Kindle using the Libby app from OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started. Learn more at https://meet.libbyapp.com.
Or, borrow free eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, videos or digital magazines via 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.
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.
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 even if you have overdue items, existing fines, or you don't have a library card.
- 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 .
From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 5,000+ learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it!
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.