A good library for 2d games?

I'm looking for a library to help with making some basic 2d games (simple RPGs, etc.). Ideally, though, it would be functional enough to make something real if I expand this beyond a pet project. Obviously there is OpenGL, but it seems like more than I need. I have no interest in 3d at this time, and likely wont be making anything that really needs to utilize the GPU extensively. Allegro looks interesting, but I haven't been able to find a lot of information on it. Are there any other libraries that are ideally quick-to-learn, but with at least moderate staying power I should look into?
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Once again I am compelled to recommend SFML.

Newbies seem to have difficulty installing it, but once you overcome that first hurdle it is incredibly easy to use and very flexible.
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