Taneisha Tucker, Director
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
Founded in 1969, the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest (VHLF) has grown to be one of Alabama’s most revered libraries. Now our state’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold-certified library, the VHLF has been proudly serving the community in an eco-friendly way. The architectural design incorporates trees that were harvested from the original land on which the library was built. More than 80% of those trees were used to create rooms within the library such as the ceilings, which are made of pine; the entry hall, made of poplar; the desks and the chairs, which are made of oak. Not only is the library one of Vestavia Hills’ wonders of the city, it is also a place of learning and fellowship.
1. What makes the Vestavia Hills Library (VHLF) in the Forest so special?
The VHLF is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified library in Alabama. The library is designated LEED gold due to its environmentally friendly features which include the sustainable site, use of natural and recycled materials, on-site water collection, raised access flooring, controlled air quality, and more. The library thoughtfully reminds everyone that respecting the environment is important and it is a gathering place where patrons of all ages are welcomed, empowered, entertained, enriched and educated.
2. What’s your favorite spot in the Library?
There are many, but my favorite is the overlook patio, or rooftop terrace, which offers a breathtaking view of the forest. It is the perfect place to experience nature, relax, study, take a picture, meet friends and more. Just underneath, is the amphitheater which leads to the walking trails and a memorial garden.
3. What unique things do you offer at the Library?
From the fireplace to the maker space complete with 3D printing, vinyl cutting, a photography studio and more, VHLF is a happening place. Stop by and get a passport, study while exercising on one of our bikes, check out a hotspot or attend exciting programs from concerts to spooky tales on the library trail. Use a PC or MAC complete with the Adobe Creative Suite for in-house use. Check out items unique to VHLF such as walking sticks, hammocks, selfie sticks, cognitive care kits and more.
4. What’s one of your favorite Library memories?
With this ring . . . The first marriage proposal was at the fireplace in January 2011 and the first wedding was in the amphitheater in October the same year. Since then, we have hosted numerous proposals and weddings, and the library has proven to be a place of lasting love and romance.
5. What’s next for the VHLF?
Remaining vibrant and relevant to our community are our top priorities. This year, we are engaging residents, city officials and departments and local businesses by inviting everyone to use the hashtag, #PictureyourselfieVH as they share their experiences on social media. Using the hashtag creates a collective space where residents can post and see what’s happening in their city. Post and tag us.