With its sleek and modern architecture, the Ann Smith Bedsole Library stands as a testament to the school’s growth and commitment to providing the best education possible. The building is named after Ann Bedsole, an ASMS School Board and Foundation member who was instrumental in founding the school in 1989.
The library is a hub of activity and is open during the day and night on school days and on Sundays as well. There are plenty of places to sit down and look at a magazine, get together with friends for a quick chat before class, use the computers (printing is free) or meet up in one of the three study rooms for some group study time.
The book collection is one that evolves with the interest of the students, so if there is a book you think everyone will want to read – suggest we purchase it! The nonfiction collection is concentrated on the wide scope of classes offered at ASMS and the outside interests of the students while focusing as well on the STEM collection. There is also movie collection and a wide array of journals and popular magazines and newspapers to use for research and fun.
Chromebooks are available for students to check out for short or long term use – so if you don’t have a personal computer or you need to send yours off for repair – we have you covered! Our online resources include Alabama Virtual Library as well as the premier online resource -JSTOR – a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources not typically used until college. Our students get a head start in learning how to access and use successfully a serious and far reaching digital collection.
Clearly, the library is a special space, since it is also home to the collection of folk art given to ASMS by the Ann and Palmer Bedsole Collection. The collection contains examples from such heavyweights as Clementine Hunter, B. Sims, and Jim Suddith. The ASMS library is a wonderful place to explore, study, or gaze outside through the glass walls at the everchanging weather Mobile is known for.