Updated: Over 100,000 students have used ONE Access™ accounts as of December 18, 2015

Below is a blog post from October 2015 reporting outcomes from our ONE Access initative with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Since that time, the number  of students who have accessed Library resources using their new ONE Access accounts has grown to more than 100,000, with thousands logging in every day. Our biggest day was Friday, Dec 18, when more than 10,000 logged on in one day. 

Why the big increase? Our partners at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a challenge to their faculty to get 100,000 kids to use their accounts by the start of winter break of 2015. And they did it!


In August 2015 we announced "ONE Access," a special joint initiative between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Two months later, nearly 13,000 students have accessed Library resources using their new ONE Access accounts, with more logging in every day.

What library services are they using? Nearly half are checking out physical materials, with another third using OverDrive, our largest provider of e-books and other e-materials. Finally, nearly one fifth are using Library computers to access online resources.

Feedback from ONE Access students and stakeholders

"This is so cool!  Can anyone do this?  Wait till I tell my friends!"
Thanks to the One Access card, a student was able to access the information he needed at Scaleybark Library to complete a school project, despite having fines on his regular library card. He was thrilled to be able to check out his items. He kept saying, "This is so cool! Can anyone do this? Wait till I tell my friends!"

Science Olympiad Team: "Their coach was thrilled"
The South Charlotte Middle School Science Olympiad team recently visited the Matthews Library with their coach, and about half of the kids did not have their library cards. Their coach was thrilled to know that his students would be able to use their ONE Access accounts to do research and access library databases. He said this would make it much easier for his students.

"His whole demeanor has changed"
A young man who stopped attending high school two years ago has returned to school this year and is using his ONE Access account and the computers at Beatties Ford Road Library to do his homework. "His whole demeanor has changed," says the staff member working with him. "It is heartwarming to see himself pushing to succeed."

Perspective from CMS 

"ONE Access is a powerful tool to give students access to the books and materials they need to develop reading proficiency, but ONE Access is also a partnership that brings the resources schools and libraries together in support of students. We are so pleased to see that so many students have benefited from this partnership, and look forward to seeing many more as this collaboration grows." - CMS Superintendent Ann Clark


About ONE Access

ONE Access, or "One Number Equals Access," uses students' school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. With their ONE Access account, students can:

  • Access Library research databases
  • Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
  • Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)

There are no overdue fines for ONE Access accounts, but users are responsible for fees on lost books. All CMS students are automatically enrolled in this program and able to use their school ID number to access library services.