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Librarians at the UAB Libraries recognize the library's importance in the progress of responsible citizenship, local education, and culture. We encourage students to develop research skills before admission to college. Therefore, to promote information literacy, higher education, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we offer instruction to area schools.

We are eager to collaborate with your school on projects, papers, and activities. In order to make your students' time at our library more rewarding, we encourage you to schedule a library instruction session; please see the checklist below. We are happy either to come to your school for the instruction or set up a time for you and your students to visit the library.

Library Instruction Checklist

UAB Libraries is a complex information system designed to meet the scholarly needs of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s students, faculty, and staff, along with the local community. In order to make your students’ time at the library as productive as possible, we ask that you:

  • Contact Summer Upton, Reference Librarian & Liaison to School of Education and Human Sciences, prior to your visit at srupton@uab.edu or 205.934.6364.
  • Arrange for a teacher or librarian pre-visit consultation either on-site or via the telephone to allow us to tailor the instruction to your students’ needs and topics.
  • Arrange for appropriate adult supervision.
  • Remain with the students at all times while in the library. Following instruction, the class may pursue individual research topics under the guidance of their teacher.

Practical Information about Visiting the Library

Printing and Scanning

  • BlazerBucks cards can be purchased for $2, and you can add money in $1 increments. You will need one to use the printers.
  • Printouts are available at $.09 per page for black-and-white prints and $.36 per page for color. Double-sided printing is also available.

Learn more about ePrinting services at UAB.

Location & Parking

The Mervyn H. Sterne Library is located at 917 13th Street South. Parking is available for visitors to campus. Contact UAB Parking and Transportation for details.


UAB has several places to eat on campus, from Starbucks at the Library to the offerings at The Commons on the Green and the Hill Student Center. Visit Campus Dining for more information.

The UAB Libraries Policy for Use by High School and Middle/Junior High School Students

Computer access is limited to authorized guests. Authorized guests include high school students with a valid Courtesy Card or members of the UAB National Alumni Society with a card.

The following guidelines maximize the research experience for visiting groups and/or individuals while minimizing the inconvenience to UAB students, faculty, and staff. By following these guidelines, students can have a productive visit to the Library.

  • Individual students may come in during library hours to use the print resources. Groups larger than four students should inform the library before they arrive and should schedule a library instruction session.
  • Computer access is limited to high school students with an active Courtesy Card. Adults who accompany the class should be prepared to assist students with their work. Visiting users may be asked to relinquish their computers when there is a significant demand by UAB students.
  • Students in groups are encouraged to schedule an instruction session. High school students may request reference assistance on an individual basis. However, due to demands from our primary users, the amount of support they can provide to high school students may be limited.
  • Courtesy cards with circulation privileges may be granted to Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate high school students upon request of their teacher and library media specialist, contingent on approval from the Head of Circulation. Please contact Summer Upton, Reference Librarian for Education, at srupton@uab.edu or 205.934.6364 with any questions. Students are free to use book resources within the library and are encouraged to use printers and scanners if needed.
  • High school and middle/junior high school students are guests in The UAB Libraries. Should they misbehave, mistreat books or equipment, or break any other library rules, the staff may call security and the student's right to use the library may be revoked. For specific The UAB Libraries policies regarding cell phone use, Internet and computer use, and access to electronic resources, please see our policies page.

UAB Libraries is not responsible for lost or stolen articles or problems of a medical nature.

Mervyn H. Sterne Library

917 13th St S
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-6364

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL

(205) 975-4821

Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

1700 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-4475

Lister Hill Library at University Hospital

615 18th Street S - P235 West Pavilion
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-2275

801 Building

801 5th Ave South
Room 1111
Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-5432

J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library

301 Governors Drive SE - 3rd Floor
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 551-4405

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