Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library[1]
Country USA
Type Public
Established 1903
Location Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°13′43.32″N 80°50′25.98″W / 35.2287000°N 80.8405500°W / 35.2287000; -80.8405500
Branches 20
Access and use
Access requirements Residence in Mecklenburg County or annual fee
Population served approximately one million citizens
Other information
Director David Singleton
Staff 367 (282 full time and 85 temporary)[2]

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is the public library system of the city of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg in North Carolina


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of approximately one million citizens in the city of Charlotte and the towns of Matthews, Pineville, Mint Hill, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville – all located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Early History[edit]

The roots of the 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. In 1901, directors of the Association transferred control of the Library to the City School Commissioners, so that the general public and students would have access to the collection. The Library was now the Charlotte Public School Library, located in two rooms in City Hall at the corner of North Tryon and East Fifth Street. The arrangement lasted two years, with Librarian Sallie H. Adams in charge. In 1901, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie agreed to donate $25,000 for a library building, if the city would furnish a site and taxes to support operations. The tax was approved by vote of citizens on May 6, 1901. The building was dedicated and opened to the public on July 2, 1903 in the 300 block of North Tryon Street.


There are twenty locations in the system. All branches have free Wifi access and internet computers.


  1. ^ "History". Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
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