SEMMES REGIONAL LIBRARY... Working Together for a Better Community

Available by phone: (251) 494-4935 | Monday – Saturday | 10 am – 6 pm

Circulation & Reference Services: semcir@mplonline.org

Youth & Teen Services: jlee@mplonline.org

Computers & WI-FI available for public use

Printers & copiers available for public use

Fax services available

MISSION STATEMENT

 Our Mission is to Support Literacy and Connect Our Community.

History

Beginning as a branch public library, the now Semmes Regional Library is unique because this library has a story. It’s a story of how this community came together to support the efforts to secure a library for Semmes and surrounding rural communities. The quest for a Semmes Library began in the summer of 2007, when former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine, the Mobile Public Library (under the leadership of Director Spencer Watts), the Semmes Library Committee (Caresse Fincher, Kim Leousis, Diane Moore, Terri Nelson, Pastor Vint Norris, Carolyn Owens, Ann Phillips, Mary Rodning, and Paula Webb), and the citizens of Semmes united to establish the facility. Each partner in the project was given a role to play, and all were involved in fundraising. To show good faith that residents were willing to work for a local library, the community accepted the goal of raising $300,000 for the Opening Day Collection of books, resources, computers, shelving, and other furnishings. Almost a year after the fundraising campaign began, the Semmes Library Committee announced in August 2008 that the challenging goal had been met and by Grand Opening Day, was far surpassed at $350,000 plus. Donations, large and small, from individuals, families, businesses, churches, local schools, corporations, foundations, state representatives, and grants came in to show support. Community-wide efforts like a massive Book Drive and Paper Recycling projects were launched as well. Residents of all ages were involved and vested in the library project. The community pulled together to make it happen.

The official Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Semmes Branch Library was held on January 7, 2009. Located in a remodeled building at the corner of Moffett and McCrary Road, a large and enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers, dignitaries, officials and students were welcomed inside to view the 14,000 square-foot Semmes Library which houses: a Conference Room, a quiet Study Room, a Community Room, a Family Reading and Research area, an art display space named the Semmesonian, a Children’s Area, a Teens’ Area, and a Technology Center with free Internet access and approximately 45,000 plus materials, including books, DVDs and other items.

The Semmes Library has grown in numbers and prestige for the entire area. Located in the heart of Semmes, it operates as a community hub, serving 23,000 plus citizens of west and northwest Mobile County. The following numbers from 2016 give a clear picture of its value:

73,299
Patron visits

23,327
Public computer use

45,649
Items in collection

10,063
Library cards

24,208
Reference questions

101,248
Items checked out

Total program attendance 5,159 (primarily teens & children)

In early 2017, the Semmes Library Committee was contacted by District 2 Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson and given the shattering news that our Semmes Library was in jeopardy. We were informed that the ten-year lease on the building was likely not to be renewed by the Mobile County Commission due to the increase in lease arrangements. A Save the Semmes Library campaign was developed, and a social media page was created to keep residents informed and encourage a cooperative spirit with regard to negotiations with the corporate pharmacy that owned the library building. It was evident a lease was not the answer since that does not ensure permanency. Moving the library was not the answer either. All challenges aside, the Semmes Library was too important to accept anything less than the purchase of the library building to guarantee a permanent future.

After months of hard work, speculation, debating and negotiations, the Mobile County Commission, led by our County Commissioner Connie Hudson, finalized the purchase of the Semmes Library building on September 15, 2017 for $1.3 million. As a community, we feel our efforts to influence the purchase at a reasonable price were instrumental. We remain grateful to Commissioner Connie Hudson and District 1 County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood who voted to purchase the building. “I’m delighted that the future of the Semmes Public Library is secure,” said Commissioner Hudson. “I appreciate the patience and support of the community throughout the months it took us to reach a resolution and bring this purchase to fruition. This is a great day!.

In the last few years Semmes has incorporated and growth has exploded, but we remain a close-knit community, rooted and bonded with small town traditions. Residents stood together in 2007 to raise $350,000 plus to bring a library to Semmes, and against practical thinking, we stood strong in 2017 to ensure the future of Semmes Regional Library.

The citizenry of Semmes and the surrounding rural areas who represent all ages and economic levels benefit exponentially from the resources, information, and programs that are offered from Semmes Regional Library. The investment in the library has paid off with added value, enhanced quality of life, and involved patrons. Semmes Regional Library, our gateway to everywhere, reflects the emphasis our residents place on literacy, the arts, and education; a proud heritage for our families and friends.

Current Programs & Activities

Summer Reading
Celebration

Digital Escape Rooms
Online/Virtual

Teen Art Space

Knitting Basics, Getting
Started Online/Virtual

Wednesday Matinee

Simple Hand Lettering
Project Online

Qigong for
Beginners

Lego Fun Thursday

Boredom Busters
Online

Chess Club
(Ages 6 – 18)

Online Storytimes
(Monday – Saturday) 10am

Good Listeners
Storytime (Ages 3 to 6)

Watch, Read, Eat,
Repeat (Teens & Adults)

City News

Changes Coming Soon! Exciting News for Semmes. Mayor Van Hook has been working for several months with Mobile County Commission and The Mobile County School Board to take over operation and maintenance of the Semmes Community Center and Park located at 10141 Moffett Road. As of February 1, 2023 , The Semmes Community Center, […]

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City Hall Address | One Main Street Semmes, AL 36575
Phone | (251) 649-8811
Fax | (251) 649-7711
Mailing Address | P.O. Box 1757, Semmes, AL 36575
Office Hours | Monday – Friday | 8v:00 am – 5:00 pm

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