About

200 years and Counting

Founded in 1818, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is the oldest public library system in Alabama. Located in Madison County in north-central Alabama, we are a 12 branch system, not including our BookMobile and Outreach services. We serve all of Madison County, including Huntsville-  Alabama's second largest metropolitan area known as the "Rocket City."

Our collection comprises more than half-a-million items, and we circulate those items more than 2 million times every year to our patrons. We provide online services, computer training, an extensive digital collection, public-use computers, free Wi-Fi service, meeting spaces, and much more. 

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A 21st Century Library

The HMCPL has evolved as the shift in the role of public libraries has changed in communities nationwide. As a valuable community resource, the library connects people to social services, STEM and arts programming, Makerspace studios, workforce development training, media literacy, civic engagement and so much more. And as Huntsville and the surrounding communities grow, so does the demand for library services. 

HMCPL Leadership

Laurel Best
Executive Director
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Cindy Hewitt
Deputy Director
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Frank Humphrey
HR Director
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Aaron Sakovich
IT Services Manager
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Christina Tabereaux
Director of Development
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Melanie Thornton
Public Relations Director
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Board Members

Lee Jones
Chairperson
Melissa Thompson
Vice Chairperson
Carla Clift
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Douglas Martinson II
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Cutter Hughes
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G.W. Boon
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Tommy Overcash
Board Member- Madison City

Upcoming Meetings

HMCPL Board Meetings are usually scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. This is subject to change, so please check our calendar often.