The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational consortium of public libraries in Jefferson County, Alabama. The JCLC administrative office is located at the Birmingham Public Central Library. The member libraries within the cooperative are autonomous, with each one maintaining its own board, director and budget.


Jefferson County has had a countywide public library service since 1924, however, no-fee service for Jefferson County citizens began in 1978. In 1985, it was reorganized as Birmingham Area Library Services under the framework issued by the Alabama Public Library Service. In 1997, it was renamed the Jefferson County Library Cooperative and continues to operate as a not-for-profit educational organization.[1]

Member libraries


  1. ^ "JCLC History and Purpose". Jefferson County Library Cooperative. May 1999. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-09-07.