Masks or face coverings are required inside the library by the State of Alabama mandate.

Click here to view the full order or here to see mask FAQs.

Fall Reading Program

Complete a Reading Log and return it to the library to select your prize. 
 Registration is not required.


Community Bag Program


Rainbow City Public Library has been selected as the beneficiary of the Community Bag Program! Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Winn Dixie at 3331 Rainbow Drive during the month of August we will receive a $1 donation.

Grab ‘n Go – Story Time Express

The activity above is available August 17 - Aug 22
while supplies last.
Story Time Express activities
are for children ages 3-7.

There is a limit of one NEW Grab n' Go activity per child per week.
Choose Story Time Express or Art Night to Go.
You can request an extra activity if we have leftovers from the previous week.

Grab ‘n Go – Art Night to Go

The activity above is available August 17 - Aug 22
while supplies last.
Art Night to Go is
for children ages 4 & up.

There is a limit of one NEW Grab n' Go activity per child per week.
Choose Story Time Express or Art Night to Go.
You can request an extra activity if we have leftovers from the previous week.

We are open!

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.

  • Our current hours are 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 are blocked off with caution tape.  Patrons must 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 return your materials in the curbside return in back of the library or the book return box inside the library to reduce handling by employees.  Please do not hand materials you are returning 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 are 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 are in use at the circulation desk to better protect employees and patrons.
  • Computers are 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.  Users may receive a maximum of one extension per day and may not have more than 2 sessions per day.  An extension will count as a separate session.  One extension of 15-45 minutes MAY be issued at the library staff’s discretion based on computer usage and reservations that day.  Users on their second session will not be given any time extensions.
    • Keyboards and mice will be disinfected frequently. Users must wear masks and should use sanitizer or wash their hands before and after their session.  Only one person per computer will be allowed in the computer room.  If you need someone to accompany you, please 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 is not available.
  • Puzzles and stuffed animals are not available for use in the children’s department.
  • All in-library programs are cancelled until further notice.
  • 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 or place them in the designated box inside the library.  All items returned will be quarantined at least 72 hours BEFORE they are checked in and removed from your account.  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. 

As long as you return your items by their actual due date they will not be overdue regardless of the day they are checked in.  We adjust the date when materials are checked in.

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 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.
  • If you return the long overdue items you will have to return them and wait until they have been checked in after being quarantined before you may borrow additional materials.  If items are lost, you will need to pay for them before checking out additional items.
  • 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 temporarily changed our settings and you may now check out digital items! Enjoy!

Wireless internet is accessible from our parking lot. 

Free temporary access to Ancestry Library Edition and TumbleBooks are available for a limited time! (See details below.)


RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines

We are sorry to say that audiobooks are no longer available via the RBdigital platform. Magazines should be available via RBdigital through the end of August. The company that owns RBdigital bought Overdrive and plans to discontinue the RBdigital app and would not process the renewal for our audiobook subscription. Please use the Libby app from Overdrive to check out audiobooks, ebooks and digital magazines via Camellia Net or visit

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

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 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  

Borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks & magazines!

Camellia Net

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

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 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:

TumbleMath - K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link:

TeenBookCloud - gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link:

AudioBookCloud - all ages audio book database
Direct Link:

RomanceBookCloud - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link:

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 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 is PLA’s ((Public Library Association's) online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in 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. 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 and will end August 30.  To access Ancestry Library Edition from home go to .  Users will be asked to login to an APLS secure page before proceeding to Ancestry Library Edition. You can contact APLS reference staff at 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.


Book Club Flyer - 2020

RCPL Book Club is cancelled until further notice.

Complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire!

Be counted! Census Partnership Web Badges_1A_v1.8_12.10.2018Complete your 2020 Census questionnaire using the library's computers or visit  

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

Books on a shelfVisit our ongoing book sale to find some incredible bargains!
Hardbacks -- $.25 and up (most are $3.00 or less!)
Paperbacks -- $.10 and up
Magazines -- $.05 each
Audiobooks and Videos -- priced as marked
Children's books -- $.10 and up

New titles are added weekly!

Lego® Club

Lego® ClubHey Master Builders!  Join us every 2nd and 4th Monday from 3:00-4:30pm. 

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-Stacked-4cVOX 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%.

Click here to see a list of VOX Books
available at Rainbow City Public Library.



 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

Charging Station 4Did you leave your charger at home? Is your mobile device low on power? Get charged with our new courtesy charging station provided by Exchange Bank. Thank you Exchange Bank!


Chilton Library

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 .


RCPL Knitting & Crochet Group is cancelled until further notice.



ABCmouse.comFrom Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. 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.



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