Main Library to close in October 2021 to prepare for a new Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Main Library will close to the public October 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.

On October 29, 2021 at 5 p.m., Main Library will close to the public. We look forward to reopening a reimagined destination library to serve the Charlotte Mecklenburg community for decades to come. During this period, we know this closure will impact how customers use library services Uptown. Building a newly designed Main Library will allow us to serve customers and Mecklenburg County in better and more advanced ways. The new Main Library will continue the community and neighborhood tradition of having a trusted public library in the same place that it has stood for 118 years. The new Main Library will be designed with customer and community interests and input in mind. Funding for the project is provided through a public-private convention with generous support from Mecklenburg County and private donors.

As always, customers can visit any of our 19 Library locations throughout Mecklenburg County to access helpful resources, programs and services. Throughout the closure period, we also ensure convenient library access through two interim Uptown locations for which we will soon share opening dates. Until then, we are excited to provide a glance at the services we will offer at each location. They are as follows:

CMLibrary @ Founders Hall, located at 100 North Tryon Street in suite 290, will be a hub for Library users to retrieve materials on hold, browse and check out materials from a select, popular collection, return materials, obtain Library cards and search the catalog. 

CMLibrary @ College Street, located at 406 N College Street (in the fellowship hall at First United Presbyterian Church), will provide Library users a space to study, sit, read and more. This location will be equipped with publicly accessible Wi-Fi and computers, as well as a variety of programs, resources and services including job help and career services, and printing, copying and faxing.

Cardholders will continue to have access to the same great programs and printed materials at all Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations, as well as a growing digital collection that includes books, music, videos, research and leisure resources and more. We hope this information helps community members understand service options during the closure and keeps patrons engaged with the Library. The patronage of our customers is vitally important, so please read on for helpful information as well as other useful updates.

During the closure, we hope you will continue to use library services by connecting with another branch for browsing, borrowing, classes/workshops, family storytimes, and the many other ways you engage with your Library, or by using our online services at cmlibrary.org.

Other local branches near the Uptown area
There are other branch locations in proximity to the Uptown area that continue to offer a variety of online, virtual and limited outdoor programs, as well as access to extensive services and resources. We encourage Main Library customers to explore the option closest to them and to continue their library experiences at:

  • Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library – 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte 28216 (704) 416-3000
  • Myers Park Library – 1361 Queens Road, Charlotte 28207 (704) 416-5800
  • Plaza Midwood Library – 1623 Central Avenue, Charlotte 28205 (704) 416-6200
  • South Boulevard Library – 4429 South Boulevard, Charlotte 28209 (704) 416-6400
  • Sugar Creek Library – 4045 North Tryon Street, Suite A, Charlotte 28206 (704) 416-7000
  • West Boulevard Library - 2157 West Boulevard, Charlotte 28208 (704) 416-7400

Library Holds and Pick-ups
As of October 15, 2021, Main Library will no longer be an available option for placing items on hold. Any items placed on hold for pick up at Main, before October 15, will be available through October 29, 2021. Items will then become available for pick up at Plaza Midwood Library beginning November 1, 2021. After October 15, cardholders who normally pick up materials at Main Library will be prompted to select a new holds pick-up location the next time they place a hold in the Library catalog

Customers who wish to choose a different location for their holds pick-up rather than Plaza Midwood Library, can do so in the following ways:

  1. Request assistance from Library staff at any Charlotte Mecklenburg Library location; or
  2. Call the Library at 704-416-0100

Returning Books and Materials to the Main Library Book-drop
Please note that on October 29, Main Library will no longer accept book returns and the book drop return boxes will be closed. Customers can drop off items at any of our other 19 Library locations, including at the nearby ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center located at 300 East Seventh Street.

For more information, please visit our  Frequently Asked Questions

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Thank you for your patience during the rebuilding of our new Main Library. We encourage customers to continue using a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library location – either at one of our other 19 locations or online at cmlibrary.org. We appreciate your patronage and support over the years at our Uptown location and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our new library in the future!

Main Library is located at 310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, 28202. For information on all branch locations, click here.