digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion

Building to Enhance, Sustain and Evolve our Impact in the Community

As a pillar of lifelong learning in our community – our commitment to Digital Inclusion is long term. We plan to continue to build and enhance programs that are sustainable and can continually evolve to meet the needs of the community. We will offer multiple options for digital literacy training inside and outside of the library branches.


explore without limits

3 ways to explore without limits

Planning a trip? Exploring new places can be a great way to expand your mind and learn new things, but sometimes exploring can take you to places that don't offer the connectivity that you need. Don't let a lack of internet or Wi-Fi access be a limitation! You can now rent a portable, wireless hotspot from the Library to ensure connectivity throughout your travels. Here are three ways you can properly celebrate your freedom to explore without limits. 

Greater economic independence for residents

The Library and other Mecklenburg County departments support economic independence among County residents. For the Library, that includes programs and services that support literacy and digital inclusion, technology training and more. This Mecklenburg County video tells more.

Helping families without home internet access

Many children use the internet to complete homework assignments. Imagine what you would do if you didn't have internet at home. That is the case for about 19% of the households in Charlotte, affecting an estimated 70,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students. Experts say that can be a roadblock to academic achievement. WBTV's Dedrick Russell reports from the Beatties Ford Road Library, looking at what is being done for families in need.

Digital inclusion gives all children a chance to be curious

19% of households in our community have no Internet connection at home. Students in households without on-line access are, increasingly, locked out of learning once school lets out. The Library's Director of Technology and Operations writes about the importance of digital inclusion and the steps we can take to give all children a chance to be curious, anytime they want.