Ben May Main Library

Ben May Main Library building front

Contact Information

Hours & Location

Ben May Main Library
701 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.*
*closed on Sundays in the summer (from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Curbside Pickup
Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
See Holiday Closings

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Outdoor Adventures Exhibit

All Day 6/3 - 7/31
All Ages
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Lobby (Main)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:

Let’s learn about the great outdoors!

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Anime Hangout

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Teens
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Teen Room (Main)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games

Anime newcomers are welcome!

Join us upstairs at the Main Library Teen Hangout for anime, snacks, and video games.

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy or other allergens.

This event is in the "Ages 6-11" group.

What’s Up Wednesdays

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ages 6-11
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Youth Programing Room (Main)
Age Group: Ages 6-11
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Games
Event Details:

Come hang out and have some fun!

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy or other allergens.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Bernheim Hall (Main)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Summer Library Celebration
Event Details:

Adventure begins at your Library with rhythm in storytelling as part of the Summer Library Celebration!

Deborah Adero Ferguson, also known as, The Dancing Story Lady, is a professional actress, dancer, storyteller and arts educator with over thirty years of experience in the performing and literary arts. Come enjoy storytelling through the expression of traditional dancing and music during the Summer Library Celebration.

Groups are required to register. To register or for more information, call 251-494-2207 or email Cherold Rhodes at crhodes@mplonline.org.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

The Unravellers Club

3:30pm - 4:30pm
All Ages
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Emma Cortez Harris Conference Room (Main)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Fancy dipping your toes into the world of knitting or crocheting?

Look no further than The Unravellers Club! Join us to swap tips, get skilled, and spread the love of all things knit and crochet. Whether you're just beginning or an expert, all are welcome to join!

Registration is recommended! To register, please call 251-340-1458 or email at wjohnson@mplonline.org.

Contacts

Services

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These printers can be used to make three-dimensional objects using plastic filament. The 3D printing service is available to all ages.

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The beautiful theater seats approximately 230 people and can be reserved for public use. Including: Stage, Balcony Area, Projection system, Sound system with mics, Piano

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A few locations have button makers available for public use. The finished buttons are 2.25" in diameter and cost 25¢ per button.

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The rooms house all the children's fiction books, non-fiction books, movies, TV shows, educational videos, board books and reference books.

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Our exhibit spaces display beautiful art and educational panels regularly. Contact a location if you would like to collaborate with the library on an exhibit.

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Fax services available at every library location. Sending a fax to local, long distance and toll-free numbers is $1 per page. Cover pages are free.

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Items not owned by the Mobile Public Library, or not available in the needed format, may be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

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Bring your own supplies or pay for the supplies we have on hand. Machines are free to use. Printing costs of the items to laminate not included. Each person is limited to 25 items a month.

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Many Mobile Public Library locations have staff members available (by appointment) to notarize your important documents. Contact your chosen location to see if or when they will be available.

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Printers & copiers are available for public use at every location. Black and white printing/copying is $.10 per page. Color printing/copying is $.50 per page.

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We offer free proctoring by librarians and reference staff at some of our library locations. Please contact the reference staff in advance to schedule a time convenient for you.

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Computers available for public use at every location. Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint. Educational games for kids. Adobe Reader.

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These rooms are dedicated to children's programs, especially Storytimes.

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Public computers are available all over the library, but the largest number are in the Technology Center.

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Find all the young adult books, paperbacks, video games, magazines and comic books in this area. Also in this room are computers just for teens.

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Wi-Fi is available for public use at every location, including on the Bookmobile. Connect to 'Library Name'Guest (i.e. MainGuest) and open a browser window to accept our term and conditions.