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HMCPL Special Collections

HMCPL Special Collections is the community's archive. We empower individuals to seek their past, explore Huntsville and Madison County, and connect with history.

Special Exhibits

Military Service: A History in Postcards
presented by Troy University
on display May 24-June 25, 2021 at the Downtown Branch

3rd Floor Exhibits

Now on display through March 2021:

Madison County Caves


Now on display through June 2021:

Huntsville Stars Memorabilia


Now on display through December 2021:

Madison County Heroes, Trailblazers, Talent, and Community Leaders


Permanent Display:
Civil Rights & Public Libraries
Library Memorabilia
Huntsville Portraits

Traveling Exhibits

DUE TO CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, we are not loaning out our traveling exhibits until further notice. They are currently all on display at the Downtown Branch.

We will have six traveling exhibits available for loan and display in your school or business:

Huntsville's Mills
Occupied Huntsville (Civil War)
How Huntsville Got Its Name
Huntsville and the Civil Rights Movement
Huntsville's Big Spring
Huntsville & WWII

Interested in hosting an exhibit? Contact Heather Adkins (256.532.2360 or

These exhibits were made possible by a grant from the Huntsville Library Foundation.