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Library by the Numbers

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2022: Library in Review 

All statistics are from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, except where otherwise noted.
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Library Visitors

The Library welcomed 1,525,288 visitors through its doors.


Library Members

By the end of Fiscal Year 2022, 271,871 people were active library cardholders, having used their account  within the past two years. 


Total Materials Borrowed

Library users borrowed 5,963,272 items. 


Digital Materials Borrowed

The Library's digital formats were very popular with customers, who circulated 2,497,072 items.



The Library encouraged the love of reading and learning by offering 10,912 programs with a total attendance of 205,809. 


Pre-Third-Grade Literacy Impact

The Library has made a commitment to partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to expand literacy programming for pre-third-grade students.  Attendance for these library programs was 141,372 participants.


MeckTech Connect

MeckTech Connect was launched in December of 2021, in partnership with Open Broadband and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Knight Foundation. This program is a pilot for free public internet service in select neighborhoods in the West Boulevard Corridor and includes free laptop distribution to neighborhood residents.


65 homes currently online

182 refurbished laptops distributed 


Introducing MoLi

Pronounced Molly, the award-winning Mobile Library joined the CML family in January 2021. MoLi connects people of all ages to the Library by lowering access Barriers to our services.


3,785 total circulation


Job Help

The Job Help Center hosted 376 job help-themed programs to help people in the community develop skills and prepare for career-readiness, advancement, placement and more.


Summer Break: A fresh take on Summer Reading

The Library's Summer Break program engages participants with learning and literacy over the summer, when they’re most at risk of losing academic gains made throughout the school year. Summer Break encourages kids to participate in a variety of activities over the summer, in addition to reading.  

  • Total minutes read - 9.1 million 
  • Summer Break program completers - 3,375


Get Social: Social Media Followers

Staying connected to the community in a variety of formats is important as a trusted community institution, and how we get news about the Library's phenomenal programs, resources and programs is important. Luckily, 21,000 people followed us on Facebook in Fiscal Year 2022. Another 8,185 followed us on Instagram, 5,429 followed us on LinkedIn and 11,400 followed us on Twitter.


Consider following us to stay connected.