General Information


Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)



The Alabama Virtual Library is a statewide cooperative program that supports Equity, Economy and Excellence in Education by providing the following:


·        Online reference materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and almanacs;

·        Full text articles from more than 6,000 journals, magazine, and newspapers;

·        Thousands more citations to articles in general interest magazines as well as specialized subjects such as history, literature, business, education, and health; and

·        Information about materials held by Alabama Libraries so needed items can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.


Students may obtain an AVL card or any passwords from the Circulation Desk by completing a “Patron Information Form”, which will allow them access from home. 


Patrons may also access AVL directly from computers on the Lawson State Campus.


Please note the following databases that may be accessed through AVL.


·        Access Science (Password Required)          

·        EBSCO host

·        Electric Library

·        GaleNet

·        Grolier Online

·        Literature Finder

·        OCLC FirstSearch

·        SIRS Discover & Knowledge Source

·        African-American History and Culture

·        Business & Company Resource Center

·        Poemfinder

·        Medline

·        Nursing Academic

·        Health Source



For AVL Home Access Click HERE