Research and Learn
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has the tools you need for any research or informational need. The Library provides free access to newspaper and magazine articles, homework help, genealogy, job and career help, financial resources, and more. These resources help you find quality materials that you can trust.
Please note, some resources require your library card or ONE Access ID number and PIN to access resources outside the Library.
Exploring Race in Society
Essays that provide a deeper understanding of how current issues stem from actions and policies of the past.
Designed for high school and undergraduate students, Exploring Race in Society contains proprietary essays that provide today’s students with a deeper understanding of how current issues stem from actions and policies of the past.
Each topic includes an overview article and three essays suggesting potential solutions. Solutions essays are written by a diverse group of writers representing the fields of academia, journalism, medicine and other disciplines working to address issues related to race.
Topics include: Affirmative Action, Black Lives Matter Movement, Digital Divide, Food Insecurity, Police Use of Force, Wealth Gap and more.Research Databases
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Although it requires user account registration, it offers free access to its resources and service online at FamilySearch.org.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is an Affiliate Library. As an Affiliate library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library gains additional access digital records not available outside a family history center. These digital records include images and names indexes. Currently, there are about 400 million original records available in a digital format that Affiliate libraries have access to. To access the extra content, please visit a branch and connect to CMLibrary's wifi or use a public pc. You will need to log into your free FamilySearch account to access FamilySearch Affiliate materials.External Websites
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning that allows users to quickly find the valuable career information they need, whether it's industry and professions articles, school planning resources, or skills and career advice.Card RequiredResearch Databases
Fold3 Library Edition
Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. Fold3 is invaluable for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.Card RequiredResearch Databases
Foundation Directory Online Professional
Foundation Center Online Professional the premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantsmakers and their grants. Includes profiles for 140,000 grantmakers and 4 million grants. This resource is available for in-library use only. Please visit your local branch for access.External Websites
freegal music+ is a free downloadable music service from your Library. freegal offers download or streaming access to more than 10 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library customers get 5 free downloads and 5 hours of streaming each week. Once downloaded, the songs are yours to keep! Mobile and tablet customers, download the freegal app for iOS and Android.Card RequiredMusic
freegal music+ en espanol
freegal music es un servicio de música descargable gratuito disponible a través de la biblioteca. freegal ofrece acceso de descarga o transmisión a más de 10 millones de canciones, incluidas canciones del catálogo de artistas legendarios de Sony Music. Los usuarios de la Biblioteca Charlotte Mecklenburg obtienen 5 descargas gratuitas y 5 horas de transmisión cada semana. Una vez descargadas, ¡las canciones son suyas para quedárselas! Los usuarios de dispositivos móviles y tabletas pueden descargar la aplicación freegal para iOS y Android.Card RequiredMusic
Gale Directory Library
Gale Directory Library provides digital access to reference works including the Encyclopedia of Associations, Market Share Reporter, National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations, and Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.Card RequiredE-Books
Gale eBooks is a database, in e-book format, of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research topics on the arts, biographies, education, the environment, history, medicine, multicultural studies, the nation and the world, religion, science, and social science.Card RequiredE-Books
GCF Learn Free
Learn the essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, work skills, and more...125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.External Websites