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Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)

Alabama Supercomputer Authority (ASA) is proud to serve as the exclusive technical partner for the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL).

ASA hosts the AVL server, operates the AVL Help Desk, supports libraries in maintenance of IP address database and vendor communication, and provides remote authentication for AVL Home Users. Any Alabama resident may obtain a Home Access Card at their local public library. Staff and students may also obtain a Home Access Card at their local public school library. To date, over 720,000 Home Access Cards have been issued.

What is 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 comprised primarily of 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.


Since FY1999-2000, the State has appropriated funding for the Alabama Virtual Library. AVL is managed by a governing council with three representatives from each of the five participating agencies--the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama College System, the Alabama Council on Higher Education, the Alabama Public Library Service, and the Alabama Supercomputer Authority.

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 for the State of Alabama.

Help Desk Support

The AVL Help Desk can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by calling 256.971.7487 or 1.800.276.0370. Voice-mail is available for reporting after-hours problems. You may send e-mail questions and comments to us at avlhelpdesk@asc.edu.

Current Databases Provided by AVL

Academic Search Premier History Reference Center  
AccessScience Informe (Spanish)  
African-American History and Culture   InfoTrac OneFile  
Alt HealthWatch InfoTrac Student Edition  
Annals of American History Online Kids InfoBits  
ArticleFirst Kids Search  
Auto Repair Reference Center   LegalTrac
Biography Reference Bank   Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts     
Book Collection: Nonfiction   Literary Reference Center  
Britannica Online Academic Edition Literature Resource Center  
Britannica Online Public Library Edition   LitFinder (Poems) (Stories) (Essays) (Plays) (Speeches)  
Britannica Online School Edition   MasterFILE Premier  
Business and Company Resource Center   MEDLINE  
Business Index   Military & Government Collection  
Business Source Premier   Newspaper Source  
Clase and Periodica Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center  
Clinical Pharmacology   Oxford English Dictionary  
Contemporary Authors   Oxford Reference Online Premium    
Contemporary Literary Criticism   PapersFirst
Dictionary of Literary Biography   ProceedingsFirst
EBSCO Search (French) (German) (Spanish)   Professional Collection  
Electronic Collections Online Professional Development Collection    
Encyclopedia of Animals   PubMed  
ERIC   Regional Business News  
Ethnic NewsWatch   Scribner Writers Series  
Expanded Academic ASAP   Serials Solutions  
FirstSearch by OCLC   SIRS Discoverer  
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia SIRS Knowledge Source  
Gale PowerSearch Student Research Center  
Gale Virtual Reference Library    Twayne's Authors Series
General Reference Center Gold   Vocational and Career Collection  
GPO Monthly Catalog   World Almanac   
Health Source: Consumer Edition WorldCat
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition