When you support the Library Foundation, you help sustain and grow your libraries as places that are accessible and welcoming to all, where individuals and groups can learn and grow, make connections, find inspiration and explore possibilities.
You can give a little or a lot, and in a variety of ways. Whatever and however you give, your support makes a real difference in the lives of individuals and entire communities.
Make a Financial Gift
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation exists to help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library create a community where reading, learning, and imagination thrive.
Through the generosity of our donors, the Library Foundation is able to support the Library we know today, and build an endowment to sustain many generations of tomorrows. Your gift helps children learn to read, helps teenagers succeed in school, helps adults prepare for and secure new jobs, and continues the legacy of public-private partnership that has allowed our Library to grow and to thrive.
More members of our community - individuals, corporations and foundations alike - are investing in our libraries and the crucial services they provide to our community. In the last four years, the Library Foundation has been able to raise more than $4.8 million for the Library.
Your support is the greatest endorsement of our belief that free and open access to information can change lives for the better and build a brighter future for the community we share.
Thank you for your interest, and we invite you to join a growing circle of Library supporters.
Donate Materials or Make a Gift in-Kind
Every year, businesses and individuals help the Library through donations of goods and services. These include books, professional services, program supplies, food and beverage, historical records and more.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation welcomes donations of professional services like printing, graphic design, catering, media placement, and much more. Teams of volunteers sometimes identify and complete a project as a company-based community service initiative. These pro bono services offset the cost of events and general operations, and the value is further deepened by the relationships that develop with individuals and corporations as a result of these partnerships.
Books and Supplies
Donations of new or gently used books may be incorporated into the Library's circulating collection, or may be sold in a book sale. Please bag or box your in-kind donations in containers that do not need to be returned to you, and take them to your local library branch or to the Main Library, 310 N. Tryon Street. Deliveries are received behind Main Library at the loading dock Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please note that we do not accept magazines, encyclopedias or damaged items. If you aren’t sure if the Library can use what you have to give, please call (704) 416-0800 to find out.
Collections of a historical nature (e.g., books, photographs, maps, correspondence, research papers and disks of data) may make great additions to the Library’s Robinson Spangler Carolina Room, which houses genealogical and historical materials focusing on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. To learn more, please contact the Carolina Room.
We are proud to partner with the business and foundation community. Corporate and foundation investors provide support for the Library’s strategic priorities while demonstrating a commitment to education, culture, and economic development.
To learn more about how your company can support the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation through foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, or employee volunteer opportunities, please contact Jenni Gaisbauer at 704-416-0801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the Library.
Advocate for the Library
In today’s age of digital access to information, you may ask, "Why do we need libraries?" We asked that question, and Library users answered in this video: "What Does the Library Mean to You?"
Another way to answer that question is to visit a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library location. You will find a vibrant, thriving hub of information, with people from all walks of life coming together to access the Library's many free resources. The Library as a place to simply check out books is a thing of the past. The Library of today and tomorrow is so much more.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library contributes to the quality of life in the community, upward mobility and the desirability of the Charlotte market as a place to relocate families and businesses. And it does so at a reasonable price — for every $1 invested, the Library returns $4.57 in direct benefits to the community. (Source: 2010 study conducted by the UNCC Urban Institute)
In 2015, Mecklenburg County libraries were visited by individuals over 3.2 million times, and web sites were visited more than 27 million times. More than 1,600 Library volunteers contributed over 62,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 30 full-time positions! In the Library’s 2015 annual customer satisfaction survey, 96% were satisfied or very satisfied with their Library experience.