Masks or face coverings are required inside the library by the State of Alabama mandate.

Our guidelines for library use & curbside pickup are posted below.

Grab ‘n Go – Story Time Express

The activity above is available Oct. 19 - Oct. 24
while supplies last.
Story Time Express activities
are for children ages 3-7.

There is a limit of one NEW Grab n' Go activity per child per week.
Choose Story Time Express or Art Night to Go.
You can request an extra activity if we have leftovers from the previous week.

Grab ‘n Go – Art Night to Go

The activity above is available Oct. 19  - Oct. 24
while supplies last.
Art Night to Go is
for children ages 4 & up.

There is a limit of one NEW Grab n' Go activity per child per week.
Choose Story Time Express or Art Night to Go.
You can request an extra activity if we have leftovers from the previous week.


The October issue of BookPage is available!

Click here to access the digital edition,
or pick up the print version on your next
library visit while supplies last.  You may also
request a print copy with your curbside pickup order.

Fall Reading Program

Participate in our Fall Reading Program!
August 1 – November 30, 2020
All ages may participate!

  • Pick up a reading log at the circulation desk or print a reading log. Registration is not required.
  • Read 15 books or 1,000 pages* (or listen to the equivalent in audiobooks**).
  • List the titles on your reading log.
  • Return the completed reading log to the library by November 30, 2020 to select a free prize.
  • Ask for another reading log and read to earn another prize!
  • Prizes may be requested with your curbside pickup.

*Only books, ebooks, or audiobooks checked out from Rainbow City Public Library may count.  Pre-readers may have someone read to them.

**If you listen to audiobooks, please count the number of pages in the print version.  


We are open!

You may only come in to select materials to check out or pick up your reserve items.  You may also use the library’s computers by appointment.  Please call to schedule a time.

  • Our current hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm and 9:00am-4:30pm on Friday and Saturday. The library will close 30 minutes earlier than “normal” each day to allow employees time to disinfect and clean.
  • You may enter the library to select and check out materials. Seating areas are blocked off with caution tape.  Patrons must wear a face mask while in the library.  Once you enter the library, select materials to check out and then leave.  Please maintain social distancing while browsing our collection and be patient with others.
  • Do not bring your children into the library if they aren’t able to maintain social distancing.
  • Adults must check out all materials for children and maintain as much distance as from employees as possible. We recommend that one adult handle all transactions for their family.
  • Please return your materials in the curbside return in back of the library or the book return box inside the library to reduce handling by employees.  Please do not hand materials you are returning directly to employees.  All materials will be quarantined at least 72 hours before they are checked in and removed from your account.  We will be flexible and override your account to allow you to borrow additional materials based on what you have returned.
  • Curbside services are available from 9:30am-6:00pm Monday – Thursday and 9:30am – 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday. If you prefer, you may reserve your materials online and come inside to pick them up once they are ready.
  • Portable sneeze guards are in use at the circulation desk to better protect employees and patrons.
  • Computers are available for use by appointment; please call to make an appointment.  Walk-in access will be granted if all available computers have not been reserved.  To allow for social distancing only 3 computers will be available. 
    • Users will be given 45 minutes with no extensions if the computer is reserved for the following hour. Only one session may be reserved per day.  An exception to the initial time limitation will only be made in rare instances such as a person taking a proctored online exam.  Users may receive a maximum of one extension per day and may not have more than 2 sessions per day.  An extension will count as a separate session.  One extension of 15-45 minutes MAY be issued at the library staff’s discretion based on computer usage and reservations that day.  Users on their second session will not be given any time extensions.
    • Keyboards and mice will be disinfected frequently. Users must wear masks and should use sanitizer or wash their hands before and after their session.  Only one person per computer will be allowed in the computer room.  If you need someone to accompany you, please request to use a computer in the children’s area.  Staff will only offer minimal computer assistance to maintain social distancing as much as possible.  Assistance will not be available to anyone who is not wearing a mask.
  • The water fountain is not available.
  • Puzzles and stuffed animals are not available for use in the children’s department.
  • All in-library programs are cancelled until further notice.
  • If it becomes necessary, we reserve the right to limit the number of people allowed in the library at one time in order to maintain social distancing.
  • Everything remains subject to change, please be patient as we learn to operate as safely as possible.


Please return your library materials in our curbside return or place them in the designated box inside the library.  All items returned will be quarantined at least 72 hours BEFORE they are checked in and removed from your account.  If your items are long overdue, you will need to wait until your items are checked in after quarantine before checking out additional items.  If you are unable to locate the items, please contact the library to arrange payment. 

As long as you return your items by their due date they will not be overdue regardless of the day they are checked in. 

Curbside pickup is available!

Curbside Pickup Procedures:

Curbside pickup is available Monday-Thursday from 9:30am - 6:00 pm and Friday - Saturday from 9:30am-4:00pm. To place an order, call us or visit our online catalog and log into your account to reserve items.  We have changed our settings to allow you to reserve items that are “in.”

  • We will notify you by phone when your items are ready so be sure we have your current phone number. When you are logged into your online account, you can view and edit your contact preferences and information under the account tab.  You can also update your information by phone.
  • After you receive notification that your order is ready, visit the library during curbside pickup hours to pick up your items.  Curbside orders must be picked up within 3 business days.
  • When you arrive, park behind the library in one of the designated numbered spots near the back atrium entrance and call the library to request your materials. Let us know the number of your parking spot.
  • We will bring your items to your car. Be prepared to show your state issued photo ID or your library card(s) through your closed window.  Please wear a facemask when you receive your materials.  Employees will be wearing facemasks for their safety and yours.
  • For contactless pickup, unlock the door to your cargo area or pop your trunk and we will place your materials inside and close the door/trunk.
  • If you have materials to return, place them in the curbside return. Materials will be quarantined at least 72 hours before they are checked in and removed from your account.
  • Items will be checked out to you the day the order is filled, regardless of the day you pick them up.
  • We will fill orders as fast as possible, but orders placed within 1 hour of the end of pick-up hours may not be available until the next day pickup is available. If demand becomes too high, we may place curbside fill limits per card or per family.
  • If you return the long overdue items you will have to return them and wait until they have been checked in after being quarantined before you may borrow additional materials.  If items are lost, you will need to pay for them before checking out additional items.
  • We will not provide curbside service if lightening is in the area.
  • Please be patient while we try to navigate this new service.

 To reserve items online:

  • Click Catalog/My account at the top of our website.
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click Log On. Enter your 8-digit library card number number (start with the first zero and skip the last digit) and enter your password.  If you have forgotten your password, click forgot password.  If you don’t have a password you must call and have us add one to your account. 
  • Search for items. The catalog will show if the item is available.  Click on the item of interest.
  • On the right, click reserve.
  • Once your item says successfully reserved, click ok to close the details page.
  • To view your account, click My items. This will normally show what books are waiting for pickup and what remains on reserve.  However, while we are offering curbside services, items will be checked out to you as soon as we fill the reserve, rather than the day you pick up the items.  You can also see the other items you have out, any fines due, change your account information and view your history.  Please be sure your correct phone number is listed so we can contact you about your reserves.  We will contact you by phone when your order is ready.
  • If you reserve an item that is “out” you will be notified by text, email, or phone when the item is returned and it’s your turn to borrow it.

We are offering online registration for temporary library cards to Etowah County residents at this time.   
The card will allow you to access digital items in Camellia Net via the Libby App or the website at .  Click here to fill out an online application.  
Non-residents may not apply for cards online at this time but may apply for a card in person; a $10.00 annual fee is required.

The temporary cards are for electronic access only and will be valid for 3 months.  You can stop by the library to pick up your library card and have your status changed to allow you to check out physical materials.  At that time, you must complete a paper application and show your Alabama's driver's license or ID with your current address OR show a government issued photo ID and documentation of your current address (utility bill, rent agreement, bank statement, etc.)  New borrower limits of 2 items per card will apply at the time the card is picked up.

Has your access to Camellia Net/Libby been blocked because of an expired card, fines, or overdue items?  We've temporarily changed our settings and you may now check out digital items! Enjoy!

Wireless internet is accessible from our parking lot. 


Homework Alabama

Homework Alabama is available for tutoring assistance for students from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily .

Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources from for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners.  Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor.

Access to Homework Alabama is available at  

eBooks for children – NO card required!

Juvenile eBooks are available in our online catalog.  These titles are always available to be read in your browser and may be used by multiple users simultaneously.  The interactive titles from Capstone have a read aloud option which highlights each word as it is read.  To see a list of available titles click here.  To view the interactive titles, search for "Capstone interactive" in the catalog.

Borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks & magazines!

Camellia Net

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your device using the Libby app from OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started. Learn more at

Or,  borrow eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, videos or digital magazines directly from the Camellia Net website. 

Log in with your 8-digit RCPL card (start with the first zero and skip the last digit). For more information click here.

Don't have a library card?  Now you can get instant access to Camellia Net if you live in an area with a library that participates in Camellia Net.  Just register on the Camellia Net website or in the Libby app with your mobile phone number.  Or, Etowah County residents can fill out an online application for a RCPL card here.


Research Your Family Tree

Search for your ancestors on Ancestry Library Edition and discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more.  New resources are added frequently.  Library use only; remote access is not available.

In light of concerns about COVID-19 and the closure of many libraries around the state, Ancestry and ProQuest are offering temporary from-home access to Ancestry Library Edition for Alabama residents.  Please note that from-home access is available on a temporary basis and will end December 31, 2020.  To access Ancestry Library Edition from home go to .  Users will be asked to login to an APLS secure page before proceeding to Ancestry Library Edition. You can contact APLS reference staff at for the login credentials. Users must use ALE Access as the subject of their email to receive the credentials promptly.  Please note that this password will only work on APLS’ secure site; it is not a password to Ancestry itself.

This is a very generous gift from Ancestry to the people of Alabama.  Please help APLS maintain this special access by not sharing the password on any public forum, like a public Facebook post and do not share the link or password with people who don’t live in Alabama. Continued from-home access depends on all of us taking precautions to stop unauthorized access.

You may also access  Heritage Quest Online from home!  You’ll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history. If you are using Heritage Quest from home you will be prompted for your 14 digit Rainbow City Library Card number.


Vox Books for Children

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VOX Books are printed books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX Books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% and improve their reading accuracy by over 50%.

Click here to see a list of VOX Books
available at Rainbow City Public Library.

Book Sale

Books on a shelfVisit our ongoing book sale to find some incredible bargains!
Hardbacks -- $.25 and up (most are $3.00 or less!)
Paperbacks -- $.10 and up
Magazines -- $.05 each
Audiobooks and Videos -- priced as marked

New titles are added weekly!


Chilton Library

Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present. This database is available to Alabama residents through Alabama Public Library Service.  Click here for access or select the Chilton link from our Online Resources Menu.  If you have difficulty accessing the database through Internet Explorer, click on tools, select compatibility view settings and add .


Courtesy Charging Station


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Did you leave your charger at home? Is your mobile device low on power? Get charged with our new courtesy charging station provided by Exchange Bank. Thank you Exchange Bank!


ABC Mouse

From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. is 100% educational, with 5,000+ learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.  Best of all, kids love it!

Please bring your own headphones.

In-library access only.  Remote access is not available. 

Over 1,500 brand new learning activities designed to address the learning needs and interest of 2nd grade students has been added to ABCmouse.



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