History

Early in 1969 a group of dedicated citizens, soon to become the Friends-of-the-Library, surveyed the community and found a strong desire for its citizens to have their own library. The first Library Board was soon formed, with Dr. Leonard Robinson as its chairman; the other members being Dr. Joe Volker, Jack Echols, Buell Warren, and Sara Wuska. In April of 1969 the Library opened on the site of the Vestavia Hills Civic Center, with slightly more than 7,000 books.

With the continuing support of the Mayor and City Council, much growth has taken place since that time. In 1995 the Library moved to 1112 Montgomery Highway. This location housed over 100,000 items, including books, books on cassette and CD, music CDs, videos and DVDs, and over 150 magazines and newspapers. In 2002, the Vestavia Hills Mayor and City Council developed a long range strategic plan in advance of our community’s projected population growth which included a bold $4 million challenge grant to match private gifts dollar-for-dollar for the building of a new library.

A cabinet of advisors and investors comprised of dedicated corporate citizens, volunteers, and the library’s family of boards worked diligently to see the vision to fruition. Those organizations included the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, PALS (People Affecting Library Success) and ROCK (Reading Opportunities Challenging Kids, now disbanded).

The new 35,000 square foot library is located on nine wooded, rolling acres of the Wald Estate, at the intersection of Round Hill Road and Highway 31. This beautiful setting runs adjacent to the Boulder Creek Nature Trail and affords unique outdoor learning experiences for visitors of all ages. Our Library in the Forest is the state’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facility.
In the years to come, visitors to Vestavia Hills will encounter patrons, young and old alike, walking along a forest trail beside an attractive building which blends into the surrounding natural environment. Inside, they will see young entrepreneurs sitting at computer banks planning new businesses; children in a Treehouse Reading Room listening to a master storyteller. Visitors will sense that what they are seeing is not an impressive structure alone, but tangible evidence of the vision, faith, and high aspiration of an entire city.

*The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.


  Mission

  Board of Trustees

Gennia Baldwin
Chair
Charlene Newman
Vice-Chair
Sara Robicheaux
Board Member
Dr. Jimmy Bartlett
Board Member
Jason Gardner
Board Member
Clay M. Smith, Emeritus
Board Member

Linda Allison
City Council Liaison
Taneisha K. Tucker
Library Director
Charlena Johnson
Interim Assistant to the Director
Michael Lytle
Foundation Liaison/Chair
Candy Gutierrez
FRIENDS Liaison/President
June Clark
PALS Liaison/Chair
(click a name to email that person)

A Member of the JCLC Cooperative

As part of the Jefferson County Library system, The Vestavia Hills library has become a part of every Jefferson County library, linked by library computers. There are also computers for public use, both for adults and children, and a wealth of information thus becomes available to all library patrons.

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