FAQs

There are no fees associated with AVL. AVL resources are provided for free to all Alabama citizens through funding from the Alabama Legislature.

The Alabama Virtual Library uses geolocation technology to authenticate Alabama residents. This technology allows most Alabama residents to access AVL resources without the need for a username and password. For more information on accessing AVL resources, please see the Accessing AVL page.

If you were not automatically authenticated to access AVL resources, please click here to view additional authentication methods that you can try.

  • If your school provides you with a VPN, you can connect to your school's VPN and then attempt to access AVL resources. Connecting to the school's VPN should give you an IP address on your campuses network.
     
  • If you are a resident of Alabama and you are traveling outside of state, you can request an AVL account by contacting your local public library or the library at your school.
     
  • If you are not a resident of Alabama, but you attend classes through an Alabama school, you can contact the library at your school to request an AVL account.
     
  • If you need immediate access to AVL resources, please contact the 24/7 Help Desk at 1-800-338-8320 (toll-free) or 256-971-7448 (direct) to obtain temporary login credentials.

Please contact your local public library to obtain an AVL account. K-12 students/staff and Post-Secondary students/staff may obtain an AVL account by contacting their school's library.

If you need immediate access to AVL resources, please contact the 24/7 Help Desk at 1-800-338-8320 (toll free) or at 256-971-7448 (direct) to obtain temporary login credentials.

Renewal - AVL accounts must be renewed every five years. To re-new your account, please contact your local public library. K-12 students/staff and Post-Secondary students/staff will need to contact the library at their school.

Note: Access may be denied at any time by AVL if access is abused.

Shortly after your account is issued, you should receive an e-mail that contains a one-time activation link. You will need to click on the link in order to activate your AVL account and to set your password. Please Note: the activation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail account that was used to request the AVL account. Once you have activated your account and set your password, you can log into AVL using your new AVL account.

To log into AVL with your account, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on the AVL login Image of login not-authenticated icon icon.
  2. Enter your user ID into the User ID field. Your user ID is your full e-mail address.
  3. Enter your password into the Password field.
  4. Click on the Log In button.

If did not receive the e-mail containing the one-time activation link, or if you experience any issues setting your password, please contact the AVL Help Desk.

If you believe that your account has been compromised, please contact the AVL Help Desk as soon as possible. Please provide as much information as possible including the user name of the compromised account. If a review indicates that the account has been compromised, the account will be deactivated. You can obtain a new account at your local public library. If you are student/staff at a K-12 school, please visit your school library to obtain a new account. 

Follow these easy steps to create a shortcut to AVL on your desktop.

Windows Users

  1. Open your browser and go to https://www.avl.lib.al.us.
  2. Select a blank spot on the webpage (an area that does not contain any text or images), right click, and select Create Shortcut. Note: If you are using Chrome, right click and select "Save As." If you are using Firefox, right click, and select "Save Page As."
  3. Click Yes when asked if you create a shortcut on your desktop.
  4. You now have a shortcut for AVL on your desktop.

Android Users

  1. Open Chrome and go to https://www.avl.lib.al.us.
  2. Tap the menu button and then tap on "Add to Home Screen."
  3. You now have a shortcut for AVL on your home screen.

OS X Users

  1. Open Safari and go to https://www.avl.lib.al.us.
  2. Select the entire AVL URL that is in the web address bar. 
  3. Click and drag the URL onto your desktop and release the mouse button.
  4. You now have a shortcut for AVL on your desktop.

iOS Users

  1. Launch Safari and go to https://www.avl.lib.al.us
  2. Tap on the Share button on the browser's toolbar. Note: For iPad users the toolbar is located at the top of the screen. For iPhone users the toolbar is located at the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Tap on the "Add to Home Screen" button.
  4. iOS will prompt you to name the shortcut before you can add it to the home screen. Once you name your shortcut tap the "Add" button.
  5. You now have a shortcut for AVL on your home screen.

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