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The Vision for New Main Library

Update: This page was edited in April 2023 to reflect updates and currency of progress on the new Main Library project.

For more than a century, a library has stood on the 300 block of North Tryon Street, reinventing itself to meet the changing needs of the growing Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. As the Library is poised to reinvent itself once again, the Main Library is positioned to become a major destination in Uptown Charlotte. It is a free, open and accessible information hub for the million-plus people in Mecklenburg County, as well as the next million to come.

In November 2019, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library publicly announced plans for a new Main Library in Uptown Charlotte. It will remain a welcoming and inviting place to learn, grow, connect and engage with others in the community. But it will also be an architecturally distinctive, state-of-the-art, technologically advanced knowledge center and public commons, where everyone in the community can access the resources of a 21st century library.

New Main Library, the flagship Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s system, is designed to provide flexible spaces to meet demand for print and digital collections, information and reading materials, public and private meeting rooms, study spaces, program and event gatherings, and other specialized uses. New Main Library features other areas for gathering including a sunroom, café, digital experiences room and public art throughout the new facility.

The building is designed to be expansive and inviting, opening itself up to the surrounding city and offering a variety of integrated spaces that allow it to function as a place for knowledge, exchange and engagement.

Mecklenburg County’s 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan, which includes $65 million in public funding for New Main Library that will be combined with funds privately raised through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s CommonSpark campaign to build and enhance new Main Library. 

New Main Library helps further our mission to improve lives and build a stronger community by strengthening public engagement, supporting economic opportunity and connecting community resources. 

Learn more about New Main Library here.