The Connection Center can help you with your career or business.

Knowledgeable staff can help with your job search, whipping your resume into shape and finding resources to prepare for your next interview.

Whether your business is just getting started or already established, our Connection Center has the tools you need. We have meeting spaces, sample business plans and librarians that can help find the resources you need to do business better.

Second Floor

Ben May Main Library
701 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602

Phone: (251) 340-1536

Need help starting that business plan or editing that resume? Email or call to book a one-hour appointment with one of our trained staff.
Not sure what you need? Come on in and ask us!

Workshops and Classes

From learning computer skills to creating flyers we offer classes to help build your business skills.

We have regular classes on using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also, we have a Computer Basics class to help those new to computers get familiar with them.

Learn on your own time. Universal Class has video-based courses for people interested in professional growth. Courses are available 24/7, including Interview Skills & Marketing 101.

Computers, Laptops and WiFi

Check email, search and apply for jobs online. Create your resume on MS Word. Connect to the internet on your personal device using our free WiFi.

Laptops are available for check-out at the Connection Center desk for those needing to work on their business or career (for use inside the library).

Our public computers have Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher).

Printing, Faxing, Copying and Scanning

Print resumes, flyers or anything else you need in your job search or to support your business at the library. Printing is 10¢ per black & white and 50¢ per color page.

We provide fax services. Faxing to local, long distance and toll-free numbers is $1 per page. The cover page is free.

Our copy machines can scan your documents and make copies in black & white (10¢) or color (50¢). You can also send a scan of your documents to an email or flash drive at no charge.

Online Resources

Business Databases

Connecting from home? You may be asked to enter your library card number.

Business Plan Handbooks

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

Business Insights: Essentials

Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports and financial reports.

Reference Solutions

Find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

Regional Business News

Over 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Career Resources

Connecting from home? You may be asked to enter your library card number.'s Adult Education and Career Center

Online tutors are available to help navigate online job sites, write/review resumes & practice for an interview, available 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Find thousands of career-related resources in the SkillsCenter 24/7.

LearningExpress Library

Learn about starting a new career or advancing in your current field. Prepare for occupational exams/assessments: ASVAB, CDL, NCLEX-RN, TOEIC, Praxis and much more.

Vocations & Career Collection

Journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. Offers hundreds of periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Vocational and Career Collection

Provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.

Foundation Directory Online by Candid

The Foundation Directory Online Essentials provides comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. Grantmakers and their funding activities.
This database has been made available for our patrons from home. Please email to request at home access.

West Regional Library is for Non-Profit Organizations:

Funding Information Network by Candid

The Funding Information Network is available at the West Regional Library. It provides free public access to these Foundation Center databases, directories, fundraising and philanthropy publications, and training resources. This Library also offers a quarterly class on how to use these resources taught by Mr. Mike Reimer. Call (251)340-8561 for the schedule and to register. You must be at the West Regional Library to access the databases below.