Founded in 1961 and affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention, the University of Mobile provides a unique combination of academic excellence and personal attention in a distinctively Christian environment. Serving more than 1,600 students from over 30 states and 24 nations, the University of Mobile offers more than 40 areas of study in the College of Arts & Sciences; the schools of Business, Christian Studies, Education and Nursing; the Center for Performing Arts and the Center for Adult Programs. The University of Mobile’s commitment to integrating Christian faith and learning, personalized attention, and academic excellence are the cornerstones that provide our students with a solid foundation for success throughout their lives. UM’s beautiful 880-acre campus is located 10 minutes north of historic downtown Mobile, Alabama and about an hour from sunny Gulf Coast beaches.


The J. L. Bedsole Library’s primary emphasis is establishing and maintaining library support of the academic curriculum in undergraduate, graduate, professional, continuing education and specialized degree granting programs as well as online courses.

The library also seeks to provide instruction in research skills that serve students during their studies at UM and in the paths they choose after graduation. It seeks to make the critical pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment a positive and rewarding experience that encourages an awareness of the usefulness of libraries in the life-long search for knowledge.

In order to achieve this mission, the general goals of the library shall be:

  • To identify, acquire, manage and deliver information resources that support the curriculum and research needs of UM’s students, faculty and staff.
  • To educate and instruct patrons in accessing and utilizing  library resources and services.
  • To seek the qualified professionals and staff necessary to allow for the efficient and effective operation of the library.
  • To provide users with a positive, comfortable environment conducive to learning.