Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

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Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Contact Us (Florence-Lauderdale Public Library).


350 N Wood Ave.
Florence, AL 35630-4709

Telephone:[1]  Reference Department 256-764-6564 ext. 42

Hours and holidays:[1]   Monday-Thursday 10-7, Friday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5.

Directions,[2] and map:

  • From I-65: Take U.S. Hwy. 72 exit (Athens, AL). Travel West on U.S. Hwy. 72 for approximately 45 miles. This will bring you into Florence. Travel Hwy. 72/43 into Downtown Florence (becomes Tennessee Street). Turn North (right) onto Wood Avenue.
  • From the West: Travel East on U.S. Hwy. 72. This will bring you to U.S. Hwys. 72 & 43 in Muscle Shoals. Travel North on Hwys. 72 & 43 into Florence. Travel Hwy. 72/43 into Downtown Florence (becomes Court Street). Turn East (right) onto Tennessee Street. Turn North (left) onto Wood Avenue.
  • Google map.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Books, films, photographs, manuscripts, recordings, database subscriptions to Ancestry Plus, and HeritageQuest, records of several New England, Southern, and Midwestern states, emphasizing Lauderdale and northwest Alabama, as well as the surrounding counties of northeast Mississippi and southern-middle Tennessee, county and local histories of Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties, Probate Court records 1820–1927 of Lauderdale County, local newspapers 1824-present, and cemetery surveys.[3]


The parking lot is located on the back side of the library facing Walnut Street.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, local government files, newspapers, maps, church records, Civil War soldiers, photos, publications, historical quarterly, 1867 voter database, World War I Goldstar database, vertical files, personal history surname file, and AL city directories inventory.
  • National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Neighboring Collections

  • Alabama Genealogical Society/Samford University Library Special Collections, Birmingham, Baptist and Alabama history, church records, current and old newspapers, manuscripts, books, and theses.
  • Birmingham Public Library government records, business records, maps, photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, about the Jefferson County area, newspapers, maps, and Southern history.
  • Mobile Public Library Index to Confederate Pension Records for AL and MS, Confederate soldiers, Mobile County Probate Court Index 1819-1964, Dawes Commission Indian Rolls.
  • [ Mobile Municipal Archives] government papers including minutes, registered voters, poll tax books, and petitions.
  • [ Mobile County Probate Court] deeds 1813-1958, military discharges 1919-present, Lis Pendens 1915-1958, marks and brands 1872-1965, marriage licenses 1813-present, wills 1812-present.
  • Bureau of Vital Statistics, Montgomery, birth and death certificates 1908-present, marriage certificates 1936-present, divorce records 1950-present.
  • Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL, federal depository library, genealogy websites, censuses, printed sources, manuscripts.
  • Alabama Historical Association news and events, Alabama Review, historical markers program, podcasts, and list of Alabama genealogical and historical societies. See also U. of W. Alabama Library.
  • [ History Museum of Mobile], Mobile and Baldwin county artifacts, photos, and World War II casualty lists.
  • [ Mobile Genealogical Society], calendar, cemeteries, MGS publications, Deep South Genealogical Quarterly  index 1962-present, researchers and their surnames.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Contact Us at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (accessed 29 August 2012).
  2. Map and Driving Directions at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (accessed 29 August 2012).
  3. FLPL Local History and Genealogy at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (accessed 29 August 2012).