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 "Ages 6-11" group.

Little Explorers Book Club

10:00am - 11:00am
Ages 6-11
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Youth Programing Room (Main)
Age Group: Ages 6-11
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Games, STEAM
Event Details:

Come on let’s explore together!

This event is in the "Ages 0-5" group.

Read & Play Storytime

10:00am - 10:45am
Ages 0-5
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Youth Programing Room (Main)
Age Group: Ages 0-5
Program Type: Storytime

Join us in the youth programming room to enjoy storytime with books, songs, fingerplays, and more!

Stimulate your baby’s developing senses and help them build listening and memory skills that can help your baby grow up to be a reader. Enjoy meeting other parents and their little ones and making new friends.


This event is in the "Adults" group.

Storytime for Adults

10:00am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Ben May Main Library
Room: Emma Cortez Harris Conference Room (Main)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Storytime

Adults Like Storytimes, Too!

Join us in the Emma Cortez Harris room for adult storytime. Enjoy a 30-45 minute story followed by a brief discussion afterward.

Registration is recommended for individuals but required for groups. To register please or for more information, please email Shatena Coleman at or call 251-340-1458.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Special Performer: The Excelsior Band

10:00am - 11:00am
All Ages
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 Mobile’s favorite Mardi Gras band will perform songs and share jazz history.

The Excelsior Band has a rich and colorful history rooted in the tradition of carnival, Mobile and the Gulf Coast. The Excelsior Band has been performing since 1883 and was selected as one of the National Endowment for the Arts 2022 Heritage Fellows. Join us to enjoy music by the marching brass band that will consist of 1 trumpet, 1saxophone, 1tuba and two drums 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



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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.