About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Gardendale-Martha Moore Public Library is to provide the community with quality materials and programs to meet the ever changing needs for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, information, and entertainment.
Our Vision

The Library aspires to enrich and enhance the lives of our patrons and community.

Vision Directives

To provide opportunities for cultural, intellectual and personal growth
To provide a stimulating, pleasing and welcoming environment
To provide access to information, literature and the arts through diverse formats
To provide friendly, professional service
To provide assistance to patrons in their search for knowledge
To provide cultural, educational and recreational programs which inspire and entertain
To attract develop and retain a friendly, competent library staff that provides outstanding patron service
To support life long learning and discovery
To foster and nourish the pleasure of reading
To actively participate in the life of our community
To continuously evolve to better serve our patrons and community

Our History

In the summer of 1958, Martha C. Moore had the vision for Gardendale’s children to have a local library. The Jefferson County bookmobile came to the school for the children, but Mrs. Moore sought a permanent location. In 1959, Mayor J.I. Pesnell and the city council agreed to have shelves for the books built in the office of the police chief. From that small beginning, the library has grown with the city of Gardendale. The library has been in 5 different locations in the past 45 years. Its present location has been open since 1990. The 7,730 square foot facility offers state-of-the-art library services for all ages.

In December 2012, we completed an extensive expansion and renovation project that added 4985 square feet with a separate wing dedicated for Teen and Children's Services. Every aspect of the building was refreshed, renovated or updated.

For more information on the City of Gardendale, visit www.cityofgardendale.com

The Gardendale Public Library is a member library of the Jefferson County Public Libraries. For more information, visit www.publiclibrariesinjc.org/


Take I-65 to Fieldstown Road, Exit #271. Turn east & follow Fieldstown Road. At the second traffic light turn right on to Mount Olive Road. After the strip mall, take the second turning (a one way) on the left, opposite Buffalo Wild Wings. Library parking is immediately on the right.

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Holiday Closing

WednesdayJanuary 1, 2014New Year's Day
FridayJanuary 31, 2014Staff Work Day
FridayApril 18, 2014Good Friday
SaturdayApril 19, 2014Easter
SaturdayMay 24, 2014Memorial Day
MondayMay 26, 2014Memorial Day
Thursday 10:30am -2pmTBACity Safety Meeting
FridayJuly 4, 2014Independence Day
SaturdayJuly 5, 2014Independence Day
FridayAugust 1, 2013Staff Work Day
SaturdayAugust 30, 2014Labor Day
MondaySeptember 1, 2014Labor Day
TuesdayNovember 11, 2014Veterans Day
ThursdayNovember 27, 2014Thanksgiving
FridayNovember 28, 2014Thanksgiving
SaturdayNovember 29, 2014Thanksgiving
Tuesday 10:30am -2pmTBACity Safety Meeting
WednesdayDecember 24, 2014Christmas Eve
ThursdayDecember 25, 2014Christmas
ThursdayJanuary 1, 2015New Year's Day

Contact Us

Gardendale Library
995 Mt Olive Rd
Gardendale, AL 35071

Tel: 205 631 6639
Fax: 205 631 0146

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