The Alabama Virtual Library uses geolocation technology to authenticate Alabama residents, which allows most Alabama residents to access AVL from their homes without the need for a username and password.
If the geolocation technology is unable to "recognize" a user as an Alabama resident, then residents may log in with an AVL (remote access) account.
AVL accounts may also be used to gain access when a resident is traveling outside the state. Users who live near the state line, users who access the Internet via their cell phone carrier or personal mifi, or users that use a VPN may not be automatically authenticated; these users will need to log in with an AVL account. Visit your local public library to request an AVL (remote access) account. K-12 students/staff in public schools may obtain an AVL account from their school library.