South Huntsville Library

South Huntsville Capital Campaign 

Total Project Cost: $9.4M

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.


  • Demolition of the northern section of Grissom High School completed in January 2019.
  • City of Huntsville will seek construction bids for Library by the end of 2019-  bid awarded to Pearce Construction in November 2019.
  • Once the bid is awarded, construction is estimated at 18 months
  • Anticipate opening in Spring 2021

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 old Grissom High School is being developed into the Sandra Moon Complex, named after the late city councilwoman. The current Bailey Cove Branch Library will be relocated within the complex.

  • 30,667-square-foot high-tech library is 3 times larger 

  • Part of the Sandra Moon Community complex.

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


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. 


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