Annie L. Awbrey Public Library

  736 College Street, Roanoke, AL 36274 (334) 863-2632

Our Story

We've loved every minute of our journey

A Community Asset

As a division of the City of Roanoke, AL, the Annie L. Awbrey Library has outgrown its location three times. It is now located at 736 College Street, housing over 67,000 titles, computer lab, children's room, conference room, and genealogy room.

1993 Expansion

In 1993, the library was renovated and additions added, which doubled the size of the library. At this time the library was renamed to honor the longest standing librarian and is now known as Annie L. Awbrey Public Library.

1979 Move and Expansion

The Roanoke Library became known as the Roanoke Public Library. With it's new name, came it's new permanent residence at 736 College Street.

1977 Move

The Roanoke Library moved from a dress shop next to Sheppard's Jewelry to ground-floor space on the West Point Street side of  the high school gymnasium.

The library began in 1934 by the Roanoke Literacy Club. Each member had to bring two books apiece for club dues. The books were housed in a corner in Mrs. H.D. Pearson's Dress Shop downtown.Members of the club took turns running the library, while the store was open. In 1941, Annie Awbrey was hired as the paid librarian, serving 36 years.
Our Services

Prices included on items, which we charge
  • Our collection consists of about 32,000 books, encyclopedias, and reference books. We subscribe to 35 magazines and at least two newspapers. We carry books for all ages and interests, including a genealogy section, civil war and Alabama books as well as housing and the Randolph County Law Library.
  • We have a Inter-library Loan program for our patrons. If a book does not appear on our shelves, we can borrow it, if notified within a reasonable time.
  • Our meeting room is available for public use. Scheduling has to be arranged ahead of time, and the meeting must be beneficial to business or civic groups. Media access is also available.
  • Internet access (10 computers) to the library through the Roanoke Telephone Company. Patrons can use the web by signing in and following the rules as posted near the computers. Children must have an adult accompanying them.
  • Programs at the library include a Friday story time for preschoolers at 10:00a.m.
  • A Summer Reading Program that runs through the month of June. Story time will be on Other programs featuring authors or historical events are scheduled as opportunities arise. We encourage patrons to watch for publicity concerning these events since the public is invited to attend.
  • Photocopying (.10 cents per sheet)
  • Fax ($1.00 per sheet)
  • Audio cassettes and CD’s
  • Large Print Books
  • Accelerated Reader Books