Non-UAH Patrons: Community, Local Education, and Guest Access at the M. Louis Salmon Library

Community members can feel free to come to the Salmon Library to read, study, and grab coffee. There is no charge to enter the library, nor do you have to sign-in. Community members, without guest access, can view the physical materials - books, journals, maps, and special collections - and can use a special kiosk to look up government documents (for more information about the government docs kiosk, contact Deborah Brazzle:

Borrowing Materials and Library Account Access, Guest and Alumni Patrons

Guests and other account levels may have access to either just the computers in the Info Arcade (and through them our digital resources), or computer access combined with circulation access. Note, even if you do not have an account, you may utilize print materials in building and photocopy it or scan it.

There are many types of guest accounts. For any additional information about them, please feel free to contact User Services via phone [(256)824-6530] or email [] or in person. The three most prominent types of guest account are given.

Alumni accounts are free, and require a state photo ID and your Alumni association card to sign up. Alumni members get access to the Info Arcade, and can check out 50 books at a time for 60 days with 1 renewal. 

Guest accounts come in Computer-Only and Full-Access mode. Computer-Only Guest accounts cost $50 per three months, and require a photo ID to sign up. Computer-Only guests have access to the computers in the Info Arcade, but do not have circulation rights. Full-Access Guest accounts cost $75 per three months, and also require a photo ID to sign up. They may check out 5 books at a time, for 28 days, with 1 renewal.

UA/UAB Student, Faculty, and Staff Borrowing Privileges

For those currently affiliated with The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, we offer reciprocal borrowing priveleges. In order to obtain access to our collection, we will need some sort of proof of current enrollment or active faculty/staff status. UA-system patrons will recieve the equivalent access as "Local Education" users: up to 3 books for 28-days at a time along with access to our Library PCs (for on-campus access to our digital materials). This access will be good through the end of the current academic semester and must be renewed. 

Off-Campus Access

At this time, the library cannot offer off-campus access to its materials, even Alumni. If you need to look up information off campus, you can use our catalog ( or you can use the Alabama Virtual Library ( You can feel free to use our Ask-Us-Anything for research assistance, but to use the materials you will need to be on campus.

Tours and More Information

If you would like more information, feel free to contact the Reference Desk [(256)824-6529 or or in person] and we can arrange a tour or discuss what is available at the library.