About AVL


The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.

If you enjoy the benefits that AVL brings to your school, college, library or home, please take a few minutes to thank your local legislators for providing this resource to the State of Alabama.

How to Access

Most Alabama users are not required to have an AVL account to access AVL resources. AVL uses geolocation technology to help determine if a user's device (such as a cell phone or an Internet-connected computer) is located in Alabama. If the device is recognized as being in the state, then the user is automatically logged in to use AVL resources.

Some users may not be automatically geo-authenticated when they access AVL. These users will need an AVL account (username and password) in order to access AVL resources. If you find that you are not automatically able to access AVL, please contact the library at askus@hmcpl.org to create a username and password.


Available with no restrictions inside one of our branches or from a device detected to be in Alabama.


Resource Summary

Visit this link to access a list of resource categories: https://www.avl.lib.al.us/avl-info/help/avl-resource-summary


Database Descriptions

Visit this link to access a list of database descriptions: