Where does Library funding come from?
The Library receives most of its operational funding from Mecklenburg County (approximately 90%). Other funding sources, such as the State of North Carolina, the City of Charlotte, and the Mecklenburg ABC Board, make up a small portion of the Library’s operational funding.
Additionally, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation seeks private contributions, grants and sponsorships throughout the year to support library services for all ages and provide resource enhancements. Revenue from fines and fees is also used to serve the community above and beyond what tax-based funding provides.
While the Library receives much of its funding from Mecklenburg County, the Library is a separate, independent entity with its own governing body, the Board of Trustees.
The Library operates on a fiscal year that begins July 1.
FY 2018 Library Funding
The Library's budget, which began July 1, 2017 is approximately $38 million, with about $34 million coming from Mecklenburg County. The budget was approved by the Library Board of Trustees on June 26, 2017.
A Commitment to Service is reflected in the Library's Budget.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has a strong commitment to customer service. The greatest asset and expense that the Library has is in its personnel. Personnel expense has historically been approximately 75% of the Library’s total budget, followed by General Operating (building maintenance, utilities and basic operational expenses), Books and Materials, and Programs & Outreach.
FY 2019 Proposed Budget
The Library's proposed FY 2019 budget, which begins July 1, 2018 is approximately $40 million, with about $36 million coming from Mecklenburg County. The budget will be approved by the Library Board of Trustees on June 25, 2018. If you would like to view the proposed budget, or comment on it, you may do so here.
Each year, an independent audit is conducted on the Library’s financial statements, internal controls and compliance with government accounting standards. The Library’s financial reports (and the audit opinions on those reports) are available here: