The Smithfield Branch Library first opened in 1918 as the Booker T.
Washington Library. It was one of the state's first libraries for black
Alabamians. The branch library was located in three leased rooms of the Masonic
Temple Building at 4th Avenue North and 17th Street . It was not until 1956 that
the first Smithfield Library Branch building was dedicated. It holds an
important place in the city's history, being the first building specifically
built to hold a library for black residents of Birmingham.
1 8th Ave W
Birmingham, Alabama 35204-3724
- From I-59/20 take Arkadelphia (US 78) exit (#123).
- Travel south on Arkadelphia Road to traffic light adjacent to
Birmingham-Southern College & McCoy United Methodist.
- Turn left at 8th Avenue West.
- Go to traffic light at intersection of 8th Avenue West & Center St.
- Library on right.