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CultureGrams

CultureGrams provides brief reports on each country, discussing land, history, people, customs, lifestyle, society, and government. This resource also has a separate section for kids, reports on the U.S. states, and Canadian provinces. Includes maps, statistics, photographs, biographical information, and a few representative recipes.

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

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The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, a department in the Main Library, houses historical and current information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. It contains genealogical resources from all fifty states in print and online - the largest collection of genealogical materials in a North Carolina public library! 

Our Brand Promise

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's brand features a vibrant and exciting look that celebrates the world of possibilities every member of our community discovers when they use the public library. It’s a look we hope inspires each of us to think “I can” when we think of our Library.

Our brand was provided as a gift from Wray Ward, a leading local creative marketing communications agency, because they believe in the value of the Library to the community, and wanted to help us better tell our story.

Library History

The roots of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can be traced to 1891 when, during a period of Charlotte history characterized by boom and civic pride, a group of prominent citizens organized the Charlotte Literary and Library Association. This subscription library operated in rooms above a bookstore on South Tryon Street for nine years, under the direction of Librarian Bessie Lacy Dewey.

Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room

The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, a department in the Main Library, houses historical and current information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. It contains genealogical resources from all fifty states in print and online, the largest collection of genealogical materials in a North Carolina public library! This video will introduce you to some of the staff and resources in the Carolina Room.