Charlotte Mecklenburg Library began more than a century ago as a treasured repository of knowledge. Although people have evolved to read, explore and acquire knowledge in many new ways since then, one important feature has endured: Our services remain free to all who come to us with a desire to research, learn and experience.
Today, libraries must remain nimble and responsive to the changing needs of our customers. Through the evolution of communication technology, there has never been more information available to more people in human history. We act as a guide through that universe of information, providing access for those who don`t have it, and collaboration for those who do. We also provide the building blocks for understanding that information, through the development of literacy, skills for success, and community connections.
Since our founding in 1903, our role as a provider of lifelong education in this community has never been more relevant and timely. We strive to build a highly literate and educated community; to contribute to its economic health, cultural and social capital; and to be highly accessed and cherished. As stewards of the community`s trust and resources, we work hard every day to provide valuable experiences. Our customers, staff and supporters inspire us each day to be America`s best public library.
A Brief History of the Library
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Planning for the Future
- Strategic Planning, 2013-2016 - The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is developing a 3-year Strategic Plan for library programs and services in cooperation with Mecklenburg County. This plan will cover fiscal years 2013-2016, and be updated on a yearly basis.
- Future of the Library Task Force - In FY11, this Task Force was formed to involved citizen input via an advisory group to come up with a recommended redesign to better fit the economically-challenged library system, and ensure the survival and continued development of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. This team of objective, talented and experienced people volunteered their time for six months to study the challenges facing the Library, and came up with 39 specific recommendations which were adopted in Spring 2011 as the working model for change at the Library.
- Main Library Committee - a group of seven citizens charged with exploring the possibilities of the Main Library in Uptown Charlotte. The committee was first proposed by the Future of the Library Task Force in Spring 2011. In their report, the Task Force acknowledged that the questions surrounding Main Library are complex, and that “another committee should take a hard look at the Main Library, the functions within the space and usage.”