South Huntsville Library

HMCPL is committed to building a new foundation for educational, social and cultural enrichment of the South Huntsville Community. Jones Valley, Hampton Cove and South Huntsville are growing in size and technology, but our Bailey Cove Library cannot properly serve these communities due to inadequate facilities.

Bailey Cove Branch Library at a Glance

This infographic helps illustrate how essential the Bailey Cove Branch Library is to the South Huntsville community.

The Need 

Watch a video about how a new library is essential for South Huntsville.

 

Bailey Cove Branch Library is currently housed in a 10,000-square-foot facility. Parking is scarce and there simply is not enough room to accommodate the multiple services offered there. 

  • Serves 3,100 households 
  • Served South Huntsville since 1997 
  • 7 public schools in close proximity 
  • Provides 332,000 items per year in circulation 
  • Issues over 1500 library cards each year
  • 10% of total programs in HMCPL system are at Bailey Cove, with 13% of total program attendance

The Solution

The City of Huntsville is planning to repurpose the Grissom High School campus when the high school is relocated next year. The campus will be turned into a community complex and the current Bailey Cove Branch Library will be relocated within the complex. Download a fact sheet about the South Huntsville Library project here.

  • 40,000-square-foot high-tech library is 4 times larger 

  • Part of the Grissom High School community complex 

  • Will not replace the Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library on Charlotte Drive

South Huntsville Library rendering
Conceptual drawing of the South Huntsville Public Library at the community complex

You can help keep Madison County great. 

The oldest library in Alabama, HMCPL is #1 in circulation, program attendance and volunteer hours out of all public libraries in the state. However, HMCPL ranks as #128 in library funding. In order to continue our standard of excellence and continual improvement for Madison County residents, we rely on private contributions from individuals, civic organizations and corporations to continue our mission. 

South Huntsville Capital Campaign 

Total Project Estimate: $8.4M 

City of Huntsville Investment: $2M 

Madison County District 5 Investment: $2M 

Community Fundraising Goal: $4.4M 

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